Green Your Home
A healthy food system is integral to the health and well-being of our community. The food system is made up of all aspects of food production and food distribution. From the ways in which food is grown or raised to the way that it is harvested, processed, packaged and prepared for customer purchase. There are two major types of food systems: the industrial food system and the sustainable/local food system.
A healthy food system is important to Lansing for the following reasons:
- The health of people and our 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 inequities 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.
Interested in growing your own food?
Gardening at home is a great way to grow some of your own food. 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. Another option is to take advantage of gardening at one of the many community gardens in neighborhoods throughout the city. Through the Ingham County Land Bank and the Greater Lansing Food Bank, there are over 100 community gardens where you can turn your gardening dreams into reality!
Ingham County Land Bank Garden Program - information about plots available through the Land Bank as well as services such as tilling, compost and seedlings.
Greater Lansing Food Bank Garden Project - map showing community gardens that participate in Food Bank program, classes and support.
Let’s Garden Lansing - classes and events
Hunter Park GardenHouse - garden education and services.
Backyard Poultry - Ingham County ordinance pertaining to raising livestock in non-agricultural areas of the county.
Composting at Home - even if you don’t plan to have a home garden, composting your food scraps helps eliminate organic waste from going to the landfill where it will decompose and release methane, a highly potent greenhouse gas.
Want to eat healthy, local food?
Visit one of the many seasonal farmers markets located throughout the city and purchase fresh veggies, fruit, eggs, honey and even meat. Many markets participate in SNAP, EBT and Double Up Food Bucks programs to help your food budget go even farther.
Allen Street Farmers Market 1619 E. Kalamazoo, corner of E. Kalamazoo & Allen St. Outdoor market runs from May- October, Wednesdays from 2:30-7pm
East Lansing Farmers Market 280 Valley Court, downtown E. Lansing Outdoor market runs from June- October, Sundays from 10am- 2pm
Farmers Market at the Capitol East Lawn of the Capitol Outdoor market runs on Thursdays, July 31, August 28 and September 25 from 10am- 3pm
Lansing City Market 325 City Market Drive, downtown Lansing Indoor market open year round Tuesday through Friday 10am- 6pm, Saturday 9am- 5pm and Sunday 12- 4pm (July 6th- September 28th). Outdoor market open select Saturdays during summer months.
MSU Student Organic Farm Stand Farm Lane in front of the Auditorium on MSU campus Outdoor market runs from April- October, Thursdays 11am- 5:30pm. Cash or check only.
Old Town Farmers' Market 203 E Grand River Ave, corner of E. Grand River & Center St. Outdoor market runs from June- October, Fridays from 3-7pm
Peckham Farms Market 5408 W. Grand River Ave, Lansing Outdoor market runs from May- October, Wednesdays from 9am- 5pm
Southside Farmers Market 1905 W. Mount Hope Ave. Outdoor market runs from June- October, Thursdays from 3-7pm
Westside Farmers Market 741 N. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd Outdoor market runs from June- October, Mondays from 3-7pm
Michigan Farmers Market Association - comprehensive list of markets throughout the State of Michigan
Double Up Food Bucks program - stretch your food dollars
Consider joining a CSA! Community Supported Agriculture or CSA provides shares to local farms so that members get to enjoy fresh, local food throughout the season and farmers get to work directly with their customers.