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Locally grown gourmet mushrooms on the way to consumers, restaurants

Submitted 04-08-2014 under INNOVATION-SPOTLIGHT

The Urban Mushroom is growing a hobby into a full offering of gourmet mushrooms through their CSA program and the farmers market. They also have sights set on creative non-edible uses for the magical mycelium.


Urban Forest Project to host community tree planting event at Dickinson Buffer Park

Submitted 04-08-2014 under NEWS

Community members are invited to help plant trees to increase the green canopy in Dickinson Buffer Park and decrease stormwater runoff.


Invest in your community: The Rapidian to launch fund drive, celebrate civic investors

Submitted 04-07-2014 under NONPROFITS

Without financial investment from the community, The Rapidian would no longer be able to provide access to this platform of citizen journalism for our community.


Community Gardens Dot the Metro Grand Rapids Landscape

Submitted 04-03-2014 under LOCAL LIFE

As winter fades away and the days grow longer, many in West Michigan begin to think about gardening. And those without a space to garden in their own yard, look to community gardens.


GR Initiative for Leaders and Fifth Third Bank Partner to Prepare Students for Career Success

Submitted 03-31-2014 under NONPROFITS

Fifth Third Bank Employees Conduct Mock Interviews with Ottawa Hills High School Students


City officials appoint members to Grand River Restoration Steering Committee

Submitted 03-27-2014 under NEWS

The Grand River Restoration Steering Committee, just recently established by the City, is aimed at guiding the development of the Grand River restoration process.


New phone app to give citizens warning, information during flooding

Submitted 03-27-2014 under NEWS

The American Red Cross releases their new flood application to provide real-time information to residents in flood zones.


Joe Taylor Park recognized as national city park leader

Submitted 03-25-2014 under NONPROFITS

The national organization City Parks Alliance has picked Joe Taylor Park for its innovative practices in partnerships and green infrastructure.


Bike lane repairs, maintenance delayed due to inclement weather

Submitted 03-24-2014 under NEWS

City officials and bicycle advocate leaders outline the challenges facing bike lanes following the winter season.


Residents raise concern over chemicals concentrated in snow piles

Submitted 03-21-2014 under NEWS

Grand Rapids citizens, city officials and scientists discuss contaminates in city snow piles and their effect on the stormwater system and watershed.