Urban Foraging Workshop at Farmers’ Market Saturday


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Noon to 2 p.m. Sat. Aug. 24
Southeast Area Farmers’ Market
MLK Jr. Park, 900 Fuller SE 49506

Did you know that many of the native species we see around us (and label as weeds) once were a prize source of both food and medicine? On Saturday August 24, citizen forester and urban forager, Laura Casaletto, will share how to identify the edible plants growing in your Grand Rapids neighborhoods. She has been using foraging as a means to supplement her family’s food budget for many years.

Stop by to sample Sumac-ade drinks (a delicious pink lemonade substitute) and two types of finger foods made primarily from wild greens including lambs quarters and garden hostas.


This Saturday at the Market

FB-event-RR-2019-1024x576.pngThe Southeast Area Farmers’ Market is happy to share MLK Jr. Park with the GRAAHI & Urban Core Collective 2019 Rhythm Run on Saturday Aug. 17. Even if you’re not participating in the run or walk, you’ll find lots of fun activities to take part in and resources to benefit from–lots of kids, activities, too!

While you’re there, be sure to shop under the yellow market tents for fresh, local fruits and veggies and delicious cottage kitchen goods. The market is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Run festivities begin at 8 a.m. and run through 11 a.m.

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MDCR to document resident experiences with GRPD in GR Aug. 8


Agustin Arbulu, MDCR

Thursday, August 8, the Michigan Department of Civil Rights (MDCR) will host a listening session at the Hispanic Center. It will include lunch and a presentation from MDCR, but will also serve as a listening session for community members to share their specific law enforcement experiences and interactions with the Grand Rapids Police Department (GRPD) that represent challenges to their civil rights.

Lunch will be available beginning at 11:30 a.m. for the first 65 people who register for the event.  The formal meeting starts at noon with a summary of services presentation by MDCR and Hispanic Center announcements.  Beginning at 12:30, community members are invited to share their stories of personal encounters with GRPD with Dr. Agustin Arbulu, MDCR Executive Director, and other department representatives. Testimony or comments cannot be hearsay, but should be the person’s own experience, and not what others have told him or her.  MDCR is collecting these statements as part of their ongoing investigation of the GRPD.
Spanish interpretation will be provided, and stories can be submitted in writing the day of the event, or by contacting Gwen Moffit, MDCR Community Engagement Liaison at MoffittG@michigan.gov.  Written submissions will also be accepted in Spanish.


The Michigan Department of Civil Rights investigates complaints, enforces civil rights and fair housing laws, and works to prevent discrimination through educational programs that promote voluntary compliance with civil rights laws. More information at their website.

The MDCR was created by the Michigan Constitution of 1963 to carry out the guarantees against discrimination articulated in Article I, Section 2. As further stated in Article V, Section 29, the state constitution directs the Commission to investigate alleged discrimination against any person because of religion, race, color or national origin and to “secure the equal protection of such civil rights without such discrimination”. Public Acts 453 and 220 of 1976 and subsequent amendments have added sex, age, marital status, height, weight, arrest record, and physical and mental disabilities to the original four protected categories.

RSVP via Eventbrite today. Please encourage friends, clients, and others in your network to attend and participate in this important opportunity.  

OKT receives $25,000 Amway Grant

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Amway has approved a $25,000 grant for Our Kitchen Table’s Program for Growth at Martin Luther King Jr. Leadership Academy. The funds will support programming that involves kindergarten and eighth-grade students and their parents and caregivers  in food growing and healthy eating education that addresses and helps prevent lead poisoning. The 49507 zip code is one of Michigan’s lead-poisoning hot-spots. Parents and caregivers involved in the Program for Growth meet regularly over the summer.

National Farmers Market Week Aug. 4 – 10

defaultShop the Southeast Area Farmers’ Market to support the local food economy!
Saturdays 11 a.m – 4 p.m. Aug 3, 10,  & 24 at MLK Jr. Park. Aug. 31 at LINC.

Who’s ready for National Farmers Market Week? The annual event celebrating the important role farmers markets play in the nation’s food system kicks off on August 4. Whether you manage a market, or just like to shop at one, here are 5 ways you can not only help make this year’s celebration, the biggest and best yet, but support farmers markets all year long!

1.       Visit your local farmers market – obviously! Meet a friend, take your family, or just spend a relaxing day by yourself taking in the fun and festivities. Click here to find a farmers market near you.
2.       Support the farmers! Did you know farmers receive only 15 cents of every food dollar that shoppers spend at traditional food retail outlets, like grocery stores? But when you shop at a farmers market, 100% of your food dollar goes directly to the farmer. So be sure to buy some farm-fresh food when you visit. Your support is particularly important to new and young farmers, who rely on farmers markets to grow their business.
3.       Become a volunteer! It takes a lot of work to operate a farmers market, and often with limited staff and a tight budget. Reach out to your local market and find out how you can help.
4.       Spread the word! Tell your friends and family why you love farmers markets, and encourage them to become regular shoppers. Become an influencer for local agriculture; share your market’s social media posts, or create some of your own. Be sure to follow FMC on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram and share our posts about the benefits of farmers markets, too.