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Catalyst Radio: Local First gearing up for its inaugural Fork Fest to celebrate local food

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Elissa Hillary of Local First details the Fork Fest fundraiser for the organization that brings together vendors and farmers at Romence Gardens in celebration of local food.

/Images courtesy of Local First and Romence Gardens

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Local First is holding its inaugural Fork Fest as a fundraiser and celebration of local food. Elissa Hillary shares that Michigan is the second leading agricultural state, behind California, and that agriculture is also the biggest industry in Michigan. Tune in to hear more.

Music this week is by Jen Sygit with "Back to the Roots" off the Michigan compilation, Something Fresh



More than 15% of America is living in poverty, according to recent numbers released by the US Census Bureau.
To make the statistic that representing a new high of 46 million people in poverty more real to the rest of the country, the Associated Press has embarked on a project to “put a face on the numbers.” AP reports went to 6 states, to show a spectrum of the Americans struggling in poverty.
[More: AP on YahooColumbia Journalism Review]

Death and implications for digital legacy
An article from the Colorado Springs Independent explores the marketplace for virtual death and legacy preservation. Based on the assumption that just because it's digital doesn't mean that it will be on the Internet forever, many services are popping up, from serving as digital wills to sending out final goodbyes in the event of one's passing.
[More: Colorado Springs Independent]

"Occupy Wall Street" protesters say police ejected media
Protesters demonstrating against corporate greed claim NY police removed media from the event, and then used unwarranted physical force, including binding people in nets, and dragging them down the street.
[More: Democracy Now 1 & 2, On Point]

Core77 and Japan Times feature timeless and historical media
In a recent article from Core77, the publication profiled the brailler, a typewriter for braille designed in the 1950s that saw a redesign in 2008. Although it had been more than 50 years before the most recent update, the redesign was relatively slight. Meanwhile, in Japan, there are prehistoric artifacts—little clay figures of mushrooms—believed to have been used by prehistoric foragers to identify edible fungi.
[More: The Japan TimesCore77]


CALENDAR (27:07)

Eighth annual mayors' river cleanup
9a on Saturday, Oct. 1 beginning at Sixth Street Bridge Park
The eighth annual mayors' river cleanup begins at 9a till noon on Saturday, Oct. 1. The mayors of Grand Rapids, Wyoming, Walker and Grandville will all be pitching in to clean up parts of the Grand River. There will be shuttles at the primary meeting location, Sixth Street Bridge Park, to take volunteers to different sections of the river.

Lego contest for kids
Starting tomorrow and running through mid-October, the eight branches of the library will be having a lego contest for kids. There are three age divisions and a few rules for the competition, and participants will have one hour to form their creation. More information is available at

World Habitat Day - Tour of Wealthy Heights homes
4-10 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 3
This Monday is World Habitat Day, and Habitat for Humanity of Kent County, Founders and The Winchester will be working together to show off the Wealthy Heights area. Beginning at 4 p.m., Habitat is opening several homes in Wealthy Heights for a self-guided tour followed by a social hour at Winchester and a free screening of Slumdog Millionaire at Wealthy Theatre. Attendees should check in at Wealthy Theatre first to grab a map. More information is available at

Farm Sactuary's Walk for Farm Animals
12:30 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 9 at Sixth Street Bridge Park
The Walk for Farm Animals in Grand Rapids is a two-mile walk to begin at Sixth Street Bridge Park next Sunday, Oct. 9. The event is part of a national event to raise money for the Farm Sanctuary. It is currently open for pre-registration at and check-in begins at 12:30 p.m. on Oct. 9.

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