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Support local farmers while adding fresh vegetables to your diet

by (jproth1)

Submitted 04-10-2018 under PLACE-MATTERS

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is a distinctive model to support diversified, small scaled vegetable growers. The idea is that people buy into a share of the farm at the beginning of the season. Instead of money dividends, your dividends are...

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Residents complain they have to ask for backyard chickens, firepits but developers could bypass public hearings

by (jproth1)

Submitted 02-13-2018 under PLACE-MATTERS

Neighborhood associations along with concerned citizens throughout the City of Grand Rapids are worried that under the guise of creating more affordable housing, suggested changes to zoning ordinances could take neighbor's say out of the mix on...

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Urban Roots growing from farm to community

by (Urban Roots)

Submitted 10-25-2016 under PLACE-MATTERS

Jamie walked up one day and asked how much the cut flowers were. Given that we weren’t selling many of them that day, and that Jamie was a regular passer-by, I told him free for him today. “No, I couldn’t do that to you guys,...

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East Hills urban canopy grows with 100 new trees

by (Elizabeth Roger...)

Submitted 12-22-2015 under NEWS

The East Hills’ urban forest got a boost last week when the City of Grand Rapids planted 100 new trees in the area. The East Hills Council of Neighbors continues to work on their urban forest plan with the City of Grand Rapids.   “...

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Urban Roots to host open house

by (Urban Roots)

Submitted 08-11-2015 under NEWS

Drive through nearly any major metropolitan city in 2015, and you will quickly discover abounding hints of urban agriculture sweeping across the concrete jungle. Hoophouses, beehives, edible landscapes, urban orchards and rooftop gardens are...

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Thomas Street Neighborhood Garden plans orchard with Friends of GR Parks grant

by (Elizabeth Roger...)

Submitted 03-24-2015 under NEWS

Grand Rapids will be increasing its tree count to the delight of both neighbors on Thomas Street and those at Friends of Grand Rapids Parks working to see the city's tree canopy grow. The new Thomas Street Community Garden is receiving six fruit...

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Plaster Creek Stewards Summer Green Team to train youth in watershed restoration

by (Calvin College)

Submitted 06-03-2014 under PLACE-MATTERS

Written by Dave Warners and Gail Heffner During the summer of 2013 the Plaster Creek Stewards piloted a summer “Green Team” for urban high school students who either live within or attend school or church within the Plaster Creek...

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Feeding America West Michigan distributes 400 millionth pound of food

by (Feeding America...)

Submitted 04-09-2014 under NONPROFITS

On March 18, 2014, Feeding America West Michigan Food Bank distributed its 400 millionth pound of food. The story of how we got from our first pound more than three decades ago to 400 million today is a story of compassion and tenacity. It’s...

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Hunger in uniform: JROTC cadets overcoming food insecurity

by (Feeding America...)

Submitted 03-04-2014 under NONPROFITS

A hard, cold rain was falling as the Mobile Food Pantry pulled up to Innovation Central High School on a Thursday evening in February. Sergeant James Peterson stood in the weather for a few minutes before deciding to move the food inside. Half a...

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To love where you work

by (krislarson)

Submitted 02-04-2014 under PLACE-MATTERS

Written by Kristopher Larson, AICP We’ve all heard it before: “If you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life.” The aphorism suitably applies to the time we dedicate to advancing the causes that bring meaning...

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