Thank you for the time taken to respond to my concerns regarding a re-vote. While I still am disappointed in both the process and outcome, I understand that this issue, for now, can be put to rest.
That said, I do hope that the outcome of the hen ordinance is not indicative of the viewpoints the Commission has on urban agriculture, food security and local food. I hope the Commission gives serious consideration as to its stance on the issue and the role you have as policy makers to ensure we have a strong and vibrant urban food economy in Grand Rapids.
To that end, the Michigan Good Food Charter is hosting a conference call on September 7 for community food systems advocates. While the call is intended for advocates like myself, this might be a great way to learn more about the Charter and several state-level Good Food Goals for Michigan.
Food sustainability is a hot topic for many in Grand Rapids, and given that next year is an upcoming election year, it might be prudent to help communicate to your constituency your individual platform on this issue and your vision for Grand Rapids as a Good Food City.
Very truly yours,
Lisa Rose Starner