Access of West Michigan to benefit from holiday sale event

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443 Bridge St NW, Grand Rapids, Michigan

The Sovengard, a local restaurant & brewery on the West Side of GR, will be transforming their biergarten this year in the style of the traditional Christmas markets (Julmarknad) of Scandinavia.

Local artists and makers under heated tents, fireside snacks and hot drinks, live music and a tree lighting are all in store. Enjoy a little hygge this season and warm up with some giving. A portion of proceeds from the day will be going to Access! This is a free, all ages event. Tree lighting will be at 5:30pm. Check the event out on Facebook.

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YOU can get involved and participate in your local government!

unnamedLINC Up is hosting a free  community dinner and conversation about what’s happening in the city of Grand Rapids and how YOU can get involved and participate in your local government! Dinner is at 5pm at the Linc Gallery At 341 Hall St. SE, followed by a bus ride to City Hall for the City Commission Meeting. For information, contact Samika at samika@lincrev.org or 616.451.9140.

Grand Rapids Food Co-op Initiative hosting Town Hall at Brown-Hutcherson Ministries

downloadThe Grand Rapids Food Co-op is offering a Community Town Hall on Tuesday, October 30 at 6 pm at Brown-Hutcherson Ministries, at 618 Jefferson Ave SE. The Grand Rapids Food Co-op is a committed group of people from all walks of life who have been working together for the past four years to bring a community owned, full-service grocery store to central Grand Rapids, specifically to the part of town that has the least access to fresh, healthy, local and affordable food.

This Town Hall will provide participants with information about the food co-op including:

  • how the co-op can help with much better food access,
  • how the cooperative business model leads to local empowerment,
  • how the co-op allows for business ownership for low and moderate-income people,
  • how the co-op can provide a way for people to come together in a time-honored way to meet their needs and build up their community.

The event will also include a discussion session and the choice to join the co-op and become actively involved in creating and bringing this amazing store into being. This is truly a grassroots project to meet a deep need and empower our entire city.

So come on out to the Grand Rapids Food Co-op’s Community Town Hall at Brown-Hutcherson Ministries, at 618 Jefferson, SE. on Tuesday, October 30 at 6 pm. Refreshments will be included and the event is free and open to everyone.

Weigh in on Urban Ag at the Southeast Area Farmers’ Market Saturday

grSoutheast Area Farmer’s Market
11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday Oct. 27
MLK Jr. Park, 900 Fuller Ave. SE

Bridge Cards, Double Up Food Bucks and WIC Welcome!

The City of Grand Rapids Urban Agriculture Committee wants to know your thoughts about urban agriculture. Come to the market Saturday and let them know what you think. OKT’s executive director, Lisa Oliver-King is on the committee. Some questions that she and Our Kitchen Table is asking include:

  • Should zoning ordinances be changed to support urban farms? If they are, who should operate them? City residents and small, local farmers, or high-powered agricultural industrialists looking for investment opportunities?
  • Who should eat the food? Neighborhood residents with little access to healthy whole foods or the clientele of high-end restaurants?
  • How will urban ag projects will impact the neighborhoods where they operate? Will they support the existing residential community or hasten gentrification and higher housing costs?

“School gardens, urban farms, [and] composting and educational initiatives have tremendous potential for shaping a city’s fabric,” says Levi Gardner, Urban Ag committee chair. “Through this community engagement process, we hope to better understand how these initiatives and many others like them fit into our growing city. While we are benchmarking against other cities in this process; we are welcoming Grand Rapids residents to voice their ideas, questions, and concerns about this work.”