OKT has hired Dorothy Griswold as the new Market Manager for the Southeast Area Farmers Market. Dorothy has been working in the local food movement in Grand Rapids for 11 years. She actually helped to found the Southeast Area Farmers’ Market when it first opened.
Dorothy grew up near the Chesapeake Bay in Baltimore, Maryland. On Saturdays and Sundays, her family shopped farm stands to get produce for the week. “I never feel more at home, at peace or happy, than I do when I walk through the stalls of farmers markets,” she says. “I hope SEAFM can become just this kind of experience for the neighbors it serves.”
During a “farm market pilgrimage” to New York City, Dorothy explored the city’s Greenmarkets. She rode the subway for a day to visit the various markets and meet market managers, including one that operated at the World Trade Center site on September 11, 2001.
Dorothy has had a vegetable garden at every place she’s lived. She joined Trillium Haven Farm in its first year as a working shareholder and intern. “I love to cook, especially ethnic dishes. I love learning about other cultures through their food,” she says. “I think fresh locally grown produce is beautiful and think photos of food should be on billboards and everywhere else you can think of!”
Grand Valley State University’s College of Education is excited to offer two pilot courses in a potential* (see below) graduate certificate program in Place-Based Education for Environmental Stewardship and Community Engagement. Through an interconnected sequence of four courses, the certificate program will prepare learners to:
Understand the principles and implementation of place-based education that nurtures and augments academic and ecological literacy
Develop insight into the cultural, historical, economic, and environmental character of one’s place
Recognize the unique issues that threaten the health and well-being of the inhabitants (both human and non-human) of a particular place
Cultivate a sense of responsibility, agency, and empowerment in facing these challenges and designing sustainable solutions
The program will be designed for anyone working within K-12 educational settings as well as individuals outside of the field of formal education who have an interest in issues related to sustainability, community problem-solving, and community well-being. The certificate program can be completed within 12 months and all courses will be held on Grand Valley State University’s Pew campus in downtown Grand Rapids. Please see the attached flyer for descriptions and meeting times for the first two pilot courses in the anticipated certificate sequence. Enrollment is currently open and the first course in the program begins the week of May 5, 2014.
This potential certificate program will also be available to undergraduate students. Interested GVSU undergraduates taking graduate courses through the dual-credit process may be admitted to a graduate certificate program. The credits for these courses may by applied either as undergraduate elective credit or toward completion of the graduate certificate. However, an undergraduate student may NOT be awarded a graduate certificate until they have been awarded a baccalaureate degree. Non-GVSU students without a bachelor’s degree will be considered for the program on an individual basis.
*We anticipate the certificate program will be approved and officially established through the University curriculum process by Spring, 2015. In the event that the program does not move from “pilot” to permanent status, credits earned can be applied as graduate or undergraduate electives depending upon the level of the student.
All interested individuals can apply to Grand Valley State University and register for courses with graduate non-degree-seeking status. Please visit https://www.gvsu.edu/admissions/graduate/apply-to-grand-valley-19.htm for further information about applying to Grand Valley State University with graduate non-degree-seeking-status and registering for courses.
All questions and inquiries about the program can be directed to:
Eco-chef, food justice activist and author, Bryant Terry will meet with community members for dialogue on food justice and a cooking demo from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday April 23 at LINC Gallery, 341 Hall St. SE in Grand Rapids. The appearance debuts Our Kitchen Table’s 2014 series, Women of Color Convenings. Terry’s stop in Grand Rapids marks the release of his new cookbook, Afro-Vegan, as part of Calvin College’s Wake-up Weekend.
Lila Cabbil, president emeritus, Rosa Parks Institute, will facilitate the dialogue. Seating is limited. Preregistration required by contacting OKTable1@gmail.com or 616-206-3641. This is Terry’s second appearance at an in-neighborhood, Our Kitchen Table event. He hosted a community dialogue on Food Justice with Ms. Cabbil here in January, 2012.
Terry’s other books are The Inspired Vegan, Grub and Vegan Soul Kitchen. He hosts his own program, “Urban Organic,” and has appeared on the Sundance Channel’s original TV series “Big Ideas for a Small Planet,” the BET series “My Two Cents” and on PBS’ “Nourish: Food + Community” and “The Endless Feast.”
According to his website, http://www.Bryant-Terry.com, “For more than a decade Bryant has worked to build a more just and sustainable food system, and cooking has been an important tool for illuminating the intersections of poverty, structural racism and food insecurity. He uses the sensual pleasures of the table to shift people’s attitudes, habits and politics in effort to ensure that everyone in this country of abundance has access to healthful food.”
It’s mostly spring, which means its time to plant trees. This year, Friends of Grand Rapids Parks has a few great tree plantings in which you can get involved. Slap on some old clothes, bring some water and come get dirty!
Well House wants to expand its food growing project and needs your help. An organic seeds purveyor, Seeds of Change is giving out grants to non-profits that do urban food growing and food justice work. Click here and type in Well House Food Growing Project to cast your vote. You can vote once a day through April 21. Please share this information with as many people as possible so that Well House gets the most votes and wins a grant from Seeds of Change.