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 Summary. Contact 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.
- 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