Take Action

Once you sign the Resolution of Support, there are lots of ways to take action! To get you started, check out the ideas for individuals and organizations below.

 

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Ideas for Individuals

Spread the Word about Good Food

  • Write an article or letter for your local newspaper talking about why Michigan needs “good food” – food that’s healthy, green, fair and affordable.
  • Ask five friends to sign the Michigan Good Food Resolution of Support.
  • Organize an event to celebrate and promote local foods with a community organization (examples: your church, your school, your local boy or girl scout troop, sports events, your neighborhood association) and distribute copies of the 2014 Charter SummaryContact us for copies.
  • Use the agenda briefs to educate yourself and others about the issues important to your community.

 

Buy, Grow and Eat Good Food

  • Cook one family meal a week using fresh local foods.
  • Create a home menu plan for the whole week and incorporate at least 5 local foods.     
  • Include your children in cooking and food preparation at least once a week.
  • Make half your plate fruit and vegetables. Choose at least one fruit or vegetable that is grown in Michigan and is local.
  • When eating out, choose restaurants serving locally sourced food items.
  • Visit your local farmers market at least once a month for the whole growing season (May-October).
  • Purchase a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) share.
  • Thank the manager at your local food retailer for stocking local products if they do. If they don’t, ask them to!
  • Plant 3 edible herbs, fruits or vegetables and share them with a neighbor.
  • Plant a garden or container garden.

 

Share Good Food with Others

  • Teach a child in your life about a Michigan grown vegetable they did not know about.
  • Teach a child in your life something about growing food.
  • Preserve (can, dry, freeze or ferment) fresh vegetables or fruits from a garden or farmers market and share some with a neighbor.
  • Volunteer at a nearby food bank or pantry.
  • Help start a community garden plot to donate to a local pantry.
  • Plant a fruit tree somewhere where a neighbor can benefit from it.

 

Advocate for Good Food

  • Ask a school, hospital, college or other institution in your community to join the 20% by 2020 Campaign.
  • Start a school garden.
  • Talk with the principal at your child’s school about the importance of including opportunities to learn about food and agriculture in the curriculum.
  • Ask your child’s teacher to celebrate events with Michigan foods.
  • Talk with the planning commission in your community about the importance of ensuring access to healthy food and protecting farmland.

 

Ideas for Organizations

  • Ask three other organizations you work with to sign the Michigan Good Food Charter Resolution of Support.
  • If you don’t already participate, join or attend meetings of a local food policy council or similar group in your area.
  • Assess how goals from the charter can be incorporated into your organization’s strategic plan.
  • If you buy food on a regular basis, choose to buy from Michigan farmers whenever possible. Check out Michigan Market Maker as one way to find local farmers.
  • Participate in or sponsor a local food systems event or conference.
  • Hold a staff volunteer day at a nearby farm or food pantry.
  • Write an article about how your organization’s work aligns with the Michigan Good Food Charter and publish in your own newsletter or the Michigan Good Food newsletter.
  • Sponsor a community garden.
  • Facilitate meetings with others striving to meet the goals of the Good Food Charter to see how complementary actions will support the mission.
  • Distribute copies of the Michigan Good Food Charter executive summary at your next event.
  • If your organization buys food, commit to sourcing as close to twenty percent of your food products from Michigan as possible.
  • For church organizations, here are some Ideas for Taking Action with Churches