Michigan Voices for Good Food Policy: Grassroots Story Banking Project
Michigan has no shortage of powerful stories when it comes to how communities all around the state are rebuilding local economies through food and farming. As part of our ongoing farm bill advocacy work, the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition is developing a collection of stories from farmers who are most affected – particularly in key states like Michigan.
Our goal is to collect stories about the impact and importance of farm bill programs. These stories will help reporters, editors, and others better cover these issues within the farm bill policy debate. We want to make sure farmers’ voices are featured more prominently in the media.
How Can I Help?
If you are interested in participating in story banking, we’d like to set up a brief interview with you to gather some basic info about your farm or organization, and the federal program(s) you have put to use on your farm or program.
A quick interview, and then we have that ‘on file’ for potential future press efforts. If and when we are able to highlight your story in the media, we will contact you first so that you know where we are “pitching” it and offer to help coach you for talking with reporters if you like. Completed stories may be used for state or national blog posts, online profiles, social media, op-eds, and more. If we do use the story, we will let you know ahead of time!
The Next Step…
Please let us both know if you are interested in participating in our story collection project. It shouldn’t take very long and would be a huge help for us as we work to make sure Michigan voices are heard in the legislative process! I know this time of year is totally busy for farmers, but if you do have time in the next few weeks for a quick conversation, that would be fantastic!
If you or someone you know can speak to the importance of these stranded farm bill programs, please contact us: firstname.lastname@example.org
Feel free to let us know if you have any questions or other feedback!