Why a Healthy Food System Matters:
- Health of people and planet. Rising obesity and diet-related diseases cost money and lives. Chemically intensive agriculture degrades the quality of our land, our air, and our water.
- Equity and social justice. Food inequalities disproportionately affect low-income residents, children, seniors and communities of color.
- Economy and community. Local food is a growing sector of the food economy. Growing, eating and sharing food brings communities together. What you eat affects not only your health, but also the health of our environment and our community.
What Lansing is Doing:
Lansing is a thriving hub for urban agriculture. There are over a hundred community gardens where residents can grow their own food and urban farmers can raise crops to sell through local markets and CSA’s. The region has several successful, seasonal farmers markets as well as organizations that provide education on food related topics such as growing fruit trees and canning. Many of these groups also provide tools to help residents have healthy, fresh food.
What You Can Do:
- Start a garden – Gardening at home or in a community garden is a great way to grow some of your own favorite, healthy fruits and veggies. If you don’t have a lot of space, choose dwarf varieties of your favorite veggies and plant them in pots that can be moved as needed.
- Support a local farmer’s market – Seasonal markets are a great way to support our local economy and make fresh, locally grown produce part of your regular diet. Many markets offer other items such as eggs, honey, meat and breads as well.
- Join a CSA – Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) provides shares to local farms so that members get to enjoy fresh, local food throughout the growing season and farmers get to work directly with their customers. Many local farms and food programs offer shares!