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​​Local Food Goal 

Conserve, protect, enhance, and restore our local agriculture and aquaculture resources

How are we doing?

With a number of local farms, restaurants, and producers, local food is a big part of Ann Arbor. 

What are the indicators?

SNAP/EBT Purchases at Farmers Market        

The Ann Arbor Farmers Market is in the heart of the historic Kerrytown neighborhood of Ann Arbor. In operation for 97 years, the Wednesday and Saturday daytime markets offer an incredible diversity of products, bringing together farmers, plant nurseries, artisans, food carts, and a variety of prepared food vendors.

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) offers financial assistance to eligible, low-income individuals and families to purchase food. These dollars can be utilized at the Ann Arbor Farmers Market.  Double Up Food Bucks (DUFB) will match spending (up to $20) at farmers markets for SNAP recipients, which help to make local, quality food more affordable. The farmers market has increased food assistance spending at the market by 400%  since 2010.

Source: City of Ann Arbor Farmer's Market

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Greenbelt Land Preserved         

Ann Arbor’s greenbelt millage is a 30-year, 0.5 mil tax levy.  The purpose of the Greenbelt Program is to protect working farmland and natural areas, as well as, protecting land along the Huron River.  A portion of the money is used to purchase new City parkland and a portion is used to protect agricultural and open space land outside of the City, within the Greenbelt District. 

To date, the Greenbelt millage has protected 4,644 acres of open space and farmland outside of the City (including 43 working farms), and another 82 acres of parkland mostly within City limits.  Over 10 partner organizations are engaged in the program, and we have leveraged the City's funds by raising an additional $22 million through federal grants, landowner donations, and other locally funded programs.  

Source: City of Ann Arbor Greenbelt Program



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What way cool projects are underway?

Annual Local Food Summit and HomeGrown Festival

  • Each spring the Local Food Summit invites community members to discuss challenges and victories to the local food movement in the region. Each fall the HomeGrown Festival brings community members to celebrate local food with live music and entertainment. Both events are organized and run by community volunteers.

Washtenaw County Food Policy Council

  • ​​Established in 2012, the Washtenaw County Food Policy Council has a mission to increase and preserve access to safe, local and healthy food for all residents of Washtenaw County. The council is appointed by the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners. One of the current efforts of the council is reduce food waste and packaging.​



Where are we now?
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​Poor​Not Assessed
Where are we going?​ ​
​Getting Better​Stable
​Getting Worse​Unknown