OKT “Bike the Foodscape” event a fun and informative success

bike tourOn Saturday, 15 people participated in our Food Landscape, Food Justice Bike Tour. The tour started at the Southeast Area Farmer’s Market and made stops in a 2 mile radius, talking about our food system, food insecurity, how the food system perpetuates racism, poverty and poor health. We discussed food access and who makes the decisions about kinds of foods are in which neighborhoods. We also visited an OKT home grower and the garden site of a vendor at the Southeast Area Farmer’s Market, Mr. Henry, an immigrant from Liberia. His garden plot is featured in the picture. We also talked about the work of Our Kitchen Table, our recently created Food Justice series and the importance of working towards Food Sovereignty. Thanks for everyone who participated and helped us promote this event!

The 2014 Michigan Good Food Summit

The Third Michigan Good Food Summit Returns to Lansing!

(East Lansing, MI)   The third Michigan Good Food Summit will be returning to the Lansing Center on Tuesday, October 28th, 2014  Hosted by the Michigan State University Center for Regional Food Systems, the Summit will build on the momentum and success around the Michigan Good Food Charter. The six-goal charter is roadmap for a food system rooted in local communities and centered on good food, food that is healthy, green, fair and affordable. More than 600 organizations and individuals have signed a resolution of support for the charter.

Registration is $40 including an evening reception and film October 27th and $30 for October 28th only.  Registration is now open at:  https://www.regonline.com/2014goodfoodsummit.  You can also find information on lodging, transportation, and exhibitor opportunities at the registration link.

Who attends the Summit? Anyone who wants to develop a good food system in Michigan and work with others to further the Michigan Good Food Charter.

What is the goal?  Consumers, growers, buyers, advocates, educators, policymakers and others learning from each other and growing Michigan’s collective capacity to implement and track progress toward good food.

A reception and film will precede the Summit on the late afternoon of October 27th at the Lansing Center.  The Summit itself begins at 9:00 a.m. on the 28th, with a keynote conversation on Growing and Buying Good Food, featuring Detroit Public Schools’ food service director, Betti Wiggins and farmer/community organizer, Barbara Norman.  Two sets of interactive workshops will be held during the day and the closing keynote will feature Dr. Oran Hesterman, president and CEO of the Fair Food Network.

For more information, including how to become a sponsor or exhibitor, contact Kathryn Colasanti atcolokat@msu.edu or Diane Drago at ddrago@dmsevents.com.

Bike the SECA Foodscape Saturday!

OKT_WOC_September_FoodlandscapeTourMeet OKT at the Southeast Area Farmers’ Market this Saturday Sept. 27 at 3 p.m. to join the OKT “Bike the Foodscape” bicycle tour of SECA neighborhood. The tour will leave from G R Ford Academic Center promptly at 3:30 and return there as its last stop. Cyclists will bike a two mile jaunt with stops at ten food destinations: 1. LINC Soul Food Café; 2. Duthler’s grocery store; 3. Browning Claytor health clinic; 4. Madison Square CRC food pantry; 5. Mr. Henry’s garden; 6. OKT grower’s garden; 7. BP Gas Station; 8. Burger King; 9. Kent County DHS; and 10. The Southeast Area Farmers’ Market.


At each stop, OKT tour guides will dialogue with the tour attendees about the kinds of food available in neighborhood, foraging, food justice, food security and how to access to healthy foods in neighborhood. In addition, OKT will furnish its seven-part series of hand-outs on Food Justice. These answer questions about what is food justice, the role women of color have played in the food justice movement, farmers’ markets’ role in food justice and more. You can view them and download them online here.


The Southeast Area Farmers’ Market is open 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays at Gerald R Ford Academic Center through November 8. The market warmly welcomes SNAP/EBT, Double Up Food Bucks (DUFB) and WIC & Sr. ProjectFresh as well as cash and debit cards.

This evening! Edible Tree Walk at Garfield Park



Friends of Grand Rapids Parks is proud to announce a tour of the beautiful, edible, and toxic trees of Garfield Park with Citizen Forester & OKT Urban Forester Laura  Casaletto.  Learn some of the strange and amazing things trees do for us and for their own vitality.  Receive easy to learn self-guided materials to help recall what you saw and use year-round. Kids and adults alike will be encouraged to put new things in their mouths! Eat a tree! 

Meet at the Garfield Park Pavilion.