Since the development of the Michigan Good Food Charter interest in understanding and expanding the roles for municipal and county officials to support good food systems has persisted across the country.
May 18, 2015
By Laura Goddeeris
Since the development of the Michigan Good Food Charter, which outlines a number of opportunities for local governments to advance its agenda priorities, interest in understanding and expanding the roles for municipal and county officials to support good food systems has persisted across the country. A series of case studies developed by the MSU Center for Regional Food Systems and the International City/County Management Association’s Center for Sustainable Communities is a recent effort to further explore how and why local governments engage in food system development. Growing Local Food Systems: A Case Study Series on the Role of Local Governments may be useful to those working within and with local governments on marketing, coordination, policy and funding support for good food in Michigan.
Washtenaw County and Ann Arbor are among the communities profiled. The brief study highlights just a sample of activities in the region receiving city and county support, including farmers markets, the Washtenaw Food Policy Council, and other planning, policy and outreach efforts. Alongside stories from Decatur, Georgia; Catawba County, North Carolina; and Topsham, Maine; these Michigan communities provide progressive examples of both longstanding and more recent strategies, though all demonstrate a commitment to local food systems and have been successful in leading their growth.
While motivations, approaches, and allocated resources varied across all communities that were profiled, common themes emerged:
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