Emerging Issues in Urban Agriculture The Emerging Issues in Urban Agriculture is an ad hoc subcommittee focused on how to better support local farmers, in order to make urban agriculture more feasible in Lansing. Activities have included supporting local ordinances that allow urban farmers to utilize hoophouses as well as bringing together experts from many organizations in 2018 to co-create a Lansing Grown brand.
Healthy Checkouts In collaboration with the Center for Science in the Public Interest, members of CAFC organized a Healthy Checkout Aisle Campaign in May – August, 2018, to raise awareness about healthy checkout aisles, gather community support, and encourage Meijer to improve its checkout offerings by creating healthy checkout aisles in their stores in the Lansing area and throughout their six state region.The campaign’s accomplishments include:
assessments of 25 checkouts in 6 Meijer stores
a Walk for Healthy Checkouts at the Okemos Meijer store
700 customer comment cards sent to Meijer asking for healthy checkouts
a petition with over 2,400 signatures
3 campaign billboards in Lansing and Grand Rapids
campaign t-shirts and tote bags distributed in the Lansing area
local publicity covering the campaign
Ongoing efforts include a sign-on letter in support of a healthy checkout pilot at the new downtown Lansing Meijer store.
Food Systems Data Mapping The Data subcommittee has focused on gathering and analyzing data that reflects the state of the Capital region food system. Activities included working with students from MSU’s Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems minor to collect data on various food systems infrastructure and supporting the inclusion of urban agriculture in the 2012 Design Lansing plan.
Farmers Market Support CAFC is working to support farmers market in increasing data collection and strengthening their capacity in supporting small farms. Starting in 2018, CAFC has engaged farmers market managers in biannual meetings to collaborate, share strategies and develop plans to increase accessibility.
Helping build a sustainable, equitable tri-county food system where everyone has access to healthy, green, fair & affordable food