May 12, 2014

Join Sierra Club in Lansing May 15 to Protect Your Right to Raise Your Own Food!

Voice Your Opposition to Recent Changes that Removed Right to Farm Protection from Backyard Farmers!

Recent changes made by the Michigan Agriculture Commission have removed Right to Farm protection for many urban and suburban backyard farmers who are raising small flocks of chickens or other animals to ensure healthy, humane food for their families. Sierra Club submitted comments opposing the rule changes at the April 28 commission meeting, which you can read at:
Now we have another chance to make our voices heard, and we’re hoping you can join us in standing up for the right to healthy, homegrown food

The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development will testify about the changes before the Michigan Senate Agriculture Committee on Thursday, May 15, at 8:30am in Lansing. This meeting is public and provides an opportunity to tell the senators how you feel about your right to grow your own food.  

You can bet the Michigan Farm Bureau will be there early to fill the seats, so if you’re going, please arrive as early as possible to get a seat up front! If you arrive late, please stand in the back of the room to show your support. 

Thursday, May 15, 8:30am
Senate Agriculture Committee Meeting
Senate Hearing Room, Ground Floor, Boji Tower
124 W. Allegan Street, Lansing, MI   48933

To get your testimony in the official record, make sure you: 1) Bring written testimony with you to submit so it gets entered into the committee record even if you don’t get to testify; 2) Fill out a card when you arrive if you’d like to read your testimony before the committee (if there is time).
If you can’t attend the hearing, please email your testimony before May 15 to get it into the record. Email to Tony Mosesso, the Committee clerk, at
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