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Sustainability

Using green spaces to change the narrative

Submitted 08-25-2015 under PLACE-MATTERS

Public parks can help us create better communities and disrupt stereotypes when we adopt a mindset of connected collectivism.

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Why we need to start talking honestly about the Downtown Market

Submitted 08-18-2015 under PLACE-MATTERS

Has the Downtown Market lived up to community expectations? Which expectations are being met- and which do we need to talk about honestly and get to work to improve for the better of everyone in our local food economy?

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Urban Roots to host open house

Submitted 08-11-2015 under NEWS

The open house will be held on August 19 in Urban Roots' new workshop space behind the former McDonalds at 1059 Wealthy SE.

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OKT to host Aug. 12 event, "Let's talk Food Security & Sovereignty" with special guest Mike Cohen

Submitted 08-10-2015 under NONPROFITS

Farmer and ecologist, Mark Cohen, an organic certifier and Bionutrient Food Association (BFA) chapter leader speaks 6:30 p.m. Aug. 12, Garfield Park Lodge, 334 Burton SE 49507.

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Prices on locally grown organic food reveal hard truth

Submitted 07-31-2015 under NEWS

Is “organic” just a euphemism for “You’re being gouged?” For organic farmers here in Grand Rapids, the answer is a resounding “No.”

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Our Kitchen Table works to empower and support Southeast residents

Submitted 07-31-2015 under LOCAL LIFE

Our Kitchen Table is a nonprofit organization working to educate and empower people of color and income challenged communities on food justice and how to create change in the food systems in their neighborhoods.

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New app-driven bike sharing program comes to Grand Rapids

Submitted 07-28-2015 under INNOVATION-SPOTLIGHT

Spokefly bikes can be used all over Grand Rapids and parked at any bike rack since the entire transaction is through the Spokefly app.

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Local high school students work to restore their watershed

Submitted 07-28-2015 under PLACE-MATTERS

Plaster Creek Stewards installs rain gardens to ease stormwater flooding and expands to a new Rogue River team.

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WMEAC co-founder inducted into Hall of Fame

Submitted 07-24-2015 under LOCAL LIFE

Will Wolfe, co-founder of the West Michigan Environmental Action Council, has been inducted into the Legacy Circle of the Michigan Environmental Hall of Fame.

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Local market creates access to fresh food in urban neighborhood

Submitted 07-21-2015 under LOCAL LIFE

The Southeast Area Farmer’s Market, run by Our Kitchen Table, sells locally-cultivated produce and goods in the southeast community of Grand Rapids. It aims to foster social justice, with the market as just one area in which that mission is lived out.

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