POLICY & ADVOCACY

Growing Hope advocates for healthy food access, vibrant & sustainable communities, positive neighborhood development, and health equity.

Among these efforts, we are active in a number of city, county, and statewide coalitions and networks. Our recent work includes:

  • Representing the Urban Agricultural seat on the Washtenaw Food Policy Council, and member of the Nutrition and Food Access Policy Action Team. Advocated in the Michigan legislature for increasing Michigan’s 10 Cents a Meal program. 
  • Active member of the Michigan Farmers Market Association. We were the third Farmers Markets in Michigan to accept SNAP/EBT, and one of the first Farmers Markets to participate in the Double Up Food Bucks program. 
  • Advocated for no cuts to SNAP benefits in the most recent U.S. Farm Bill 
  • Helped create Ypsilanti Community School district’s Wellness Policy; sit on the district’s Coordinated School Health Team working to implement the policy goals. 
  • One of the lead founders of the school district’s Farm to School Committee. Advocated for adding school garden goals in the district’s Wellness Policy. 
  • At-large member of Healthy Kids, Healthy Michigan coalition, dedicated to decreasing childhood obesity in Michigan. 
  • Advocated for the passage of the Cottage Food Law, which former governor Jennifer Granholm signed into law at the Growing Hope Center in July 2010.
  • Gathered community input to share best practices in support of Urban Chicken and Urban Bee legislation in the City of Ypsilanti, recently passed.
  • Participated in focus groups, task forces, and summit that created the Michigan Good Food Charter, working to raise awareness among elected officials. 

Upcoming Events

Mar
30
Mon
6:30 pm Spring Workshops: Intro to Small... @ Robert C. Barnes Sr. Hall
Spring Workshops: Intro to Small... @ Robert C. Barnes Sr. Hall
Mar 30 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Spring Workshops: Intro to Small Farm Business Planning @ Robert C. Barnes Sr. Hall
Creating a business plan for a new (or existing) farm can be overwhelming, AND extremely helpful in laying out the vision for your future. We will go through common components of a business plan such[...]
Apr
6
Mon
6:30 pm Spring Workshops: Commercial Foo... @ Robert C. Barnes Sr. Hall
Spring Workshops: Commercial Foo... @ Robert C. Barnes Sr. Hall
Apr 6 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Spring Workshops: Commercial Food Business Licensing @ Robert C. Barnes Sr. Hall
Join Jae Gerhart from Michigan State University’s Product Center to learn all about the licensing required to run a commercial food business in Michigan. Starting with an over of which businesses require what type of[...]
Apr
13
Mon
6:30 pm Spring Workshops: Cottage Food L... @ Robert C. Barnes Sr. Hall
Spring Workshops: Cottage Food L... @ Robert C. Barnes Sr. Hall
Apr 13 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Spring Workshops: Cottage Food Law 101 @ Robert C. Barnes Sr. Hall
In the state of Michigan, you can make many products at home and legally sell them at a farmers market, such as jams, pies or dried herbs. Understand what you can legally make and sell[...]