Detroit Urban Garden Tour

unnamed.png19th Annual Detroit Tour of Urban Gardens & Farms presented by Keep Growing Detroit

On Wednesday, August 3rd guests will travel by bus and bike to get a taste of the routes that Detroit grown food is traveling from farm to table and learn a little bit more about the deep roots of the urban agriculture community. All tours will leave from Eastern Market Shed 3, located east of Russell St. between Adelaide and Division. Check-in begins at 5:00pm and tours will leave at 6:00pm sharp.

Stick around after the tour for a reception featuring delicious food prepared with Grown in Detroit produce by some of Detroit’s best local chefs. Back by popular demand, we’ll also be hosting the “Good Food Bazaar” an interactive space at the reception designed to help introduce tour guests to opportunities to become active volunteers, consumers and supporters of the organizations and entrepreneurs behind the good food momentum in the city.

Registration is now open and early registration is strongly recommended. To register, visit detroitagriculture.net or call 313-757-2635. The fee for the tour, paid when you register, is a sliding scale $15-$100 to offset cost of producing the event, which is valued at $50/person.

Farmers’ Market at the Capitol July 28

fmxlr1w__400x400The Michigan Farmers Market Association (MIFMA) is excited to host three Farmers Markets at the Capitol on the East Lawn of the Michigan State Capitol Building in Downtown Lansing. The events will kick off on Thursday, July 28 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. with the future events being held on Thursday, August 25 and September 22.

At the July market, shoppers can visit more than 70 vendors from across the state who sell Michigan-grown and produced products ranging from fresh fruit and vegetables to flowers, meat, cheese, baked goods, prepared foods and much more. Two complimentary yoga classes provided by Lululemon Athletica will be held on the lawn of Capitol from 10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and 12:45 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Shoppers are encouraged to join in! In addition, shoppers can learn to prepare their favorite fresh, seasonal produce with cooking demonstrations provided by the Holt Farmers Market throughout the day near the east steps of the Capitol Building.

“Hosting this event on the lawn of the State Capitol allows us to demonstrate the positive impacts Michigan’s 300 farmers markets have on their local communities. Our goal is to remind legislators that farmers markets stimulate the local economy, foster community development, and support the health and wellbeing of community residents,” explains MIFMA Executive Director, Dru Montri.

The market accepts Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) Bridge Cards, Double Up Food Bucks, WIC Project FRESH and Market FRESH, ensuring that all Michigan residents have access to the fresh, local fruits, vegetables and other food products sold at the market.

Sponsors for the July event include CATA Clean Commute Options, Physicians Health Plan, Lansing State Journal, Michigan State University Federal Credit Union, Michigan Farm Bureau, Michigan State University Center for Regional Food Systems, GreenStone Farm Credit Services, and the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development. The market is hosted by the Michigan Farmers Market Association, a statewide association with a mission to advance farmers markets to create a thriving marketplace for local food and farm products.

To find a full list of farmers markets in Michigan, including those that accept food assistance benefits, visit www.mifma.org/findafarmersmarket.

Spoke Folks are back at the Southeast Area Farmers’ Market

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The Southeast Area Farmers’ Market operates 3 to 7 p.m. Fridays and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays at MLK Jr. Park, 900 Fuller Ave. SE 49507

The Spoke Folks will be at the Southeast Area Farmers’ Market Saturday. Representatives from this amazing Grand Rapids non-profit are favorites with market patrons because they not only provide advice and information, they also do bike repairs on-site and teach children and adults how to make their own minor bicycle repairs.  They will  return to the market August 20 and September 10.

The Spoke Folks mission is to increase and sustain bicycle ridership in the West Michigan area and beyond. Their goal is to make sure that people who are interested in cycling have access to safe and reliable bikes. And, their hope is to break down the obstacles that prevent people from cycling.

The Spoke Folks also run a non-profit, co-operative bike shop. They don’t fix bikes. Instead, they give cyclists tools and knowledge to fix them themselves. Don’t have a bike? The Spoke Folks refurbish and sell used bicycles of all kinds for pretty cheap. Stop by to see what they’ve got in stock. Also, the Spoke Folks stock new and used bike parts and accessories.

The Southeast Area Farmers’ Market is open 3 to 7 p.m. Fridays and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays. Vendors gladly accept SNAP, WIC, and Senior Project Fresh/Market FRESH and Double Up Food Bucks.

 

Spoke Folks at Southeast Area Farmers’ Market today

12033116_935696813168490_1102537330503624023_nToday, the Spoke Folks will be at the Southeast Area Farmers’ Market, which takes place Fridays and Saturdays at MLK Jr. Park, 900 Fuller Ave. SE 49506. Representatives from this amazing Grand Rapids non-profit are favorites with market patrons because they not only provide advice and information, they also do bike repairs on-site and teach children and adults how to make their own minor bicycle repairs.  They will return to the market July 23, August 20 and September 10.

The Spoke Folks mission is to increase and sustain bicycle ridership in the West Michigan area and beyond. Their goal is to make sure that people who are interested in cycling have access to safe and reliable bikes. And, their hope is to break down the obstacles that prevent people from cycling.

The Spoke Folks also run a non-profit, co-operative bike shop. They don’t fix bikes. Instead, they give cyclists tools and knowledge to fix them themselves. Don’t have a bike? The Spoke Folks refurbish and sell used bicycles of all kinds for pretty cheap. Stop by to see what they’ve got in stock. Also, the Spoke Folks stock new and used bike parts and accessories.

The Southeast Area Farmers’ Market is open 3 to 7 p.m. Fridays and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays. Vendors gladly accept SNAP, WIC, and Senior Project Fresh/Market FRESH and Double Up Food Bucks.

“Am I Next” city-wide bike ride Saturday

9am Registration, free bike tune ups & giveaways. 9:30am  begin cycling. 11am arrive to Rosa Park Circle. 12pm– “Am I Next” Peaceful Rally Rosa Park Circle.

Note: Black Lives Matter – Grand Rapids did not create this event or orchestrate the rally, nor have they been organizing along with 4Unity, the team behind it. See their note below the image.

 

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Black Lives Matter: Grand Rapids’ Official Statement on the “Am I Next?” 4Unity Rally
There has been a lot of confusion regarding Black Lives Matter: Grand Rapids’ role in the upcoming “Am I Next?” Rally happening at Rosa Parks’ Circle this upcoming Saturday afternoon, in large part due to the term “Black Lives Matter” that was originally in the event’s title. The term “Black Lives Matter,” while coined by the three Black women who created the Black Lives Matter official movement, is used by various activists, advocates, organizers and movement workers both within and outside the official network to center Black victims of police brutality. However, to clarify whose event it was and to help direct people to the rightful organizers of the 4Unity rally, we asked the name be changed. We did not create the event page or orchestrate the rally, nor have we been organizing along with 4Unity, the team behind it.
Regardless, BLM:GR originally intended to show solidarity with 4Unity and their rally by spreading the word on our social media outlets, having a presence, and supporting the young Black leaders behind it in any way they requested of us. We reached out on Facebook, but due to the volume of responses the 4Unity organizers received, were unsuccessful in discussing a possible collaboration or get in conversation with the youth who led the event. However, having followed the page, spoke with other concerned community members including the new organizer behind the scenes, a business woman by the name of Monica Sparks, the co-option of the event by adults, police, and others in seats of power is very clear. This is no longer an event that centers the lives lost to state violence, anti-Black police brutality or even conversations on how to support victims and deter the problem in our own city. While we respect the youth leadership and the direction they wish to take their event, we cannot stand in solidarity with the turn this rally has taken nor the public statements made regarding the issues at hand and do not wish to be affiliated with it.
To say there has not been an incident of excessive force, racial profiling, discrimination, targeted racial and sexual harassment and intimidation by the hands of the police in Grand Rapids is a dangerous erasure of the truth and betrays the alleged desires of #4Unity for peace. The King Park incident of last summer, the physical assault of Donovan Braswell, as well as the racial and sexual assault of a Black woman at the hands of former GRPD officer Ryan Bruggink are all clear incidents of police violence against Black residents of Grand Rapids. The numerous other incidents that have not been brought to light should also be taken into account and recognized by the community. Before anyone gets their “peace” (which has long become code for silence, passivity, compliance and respectability), we deserve justice. Before talks of unity, we must speak openly about how Black and Brown communities are viciously torn apart by systems and institutions of injustice and violence.
Additionally, we do not believe that victims of brutality could have “done something different” to avoid the violence they experienced. We do not think it is appropriate to ask members oppressed communities to look at their oppressors and join hands with them in times such as these. The Grand Rapids chapter of Black Lives Matter is committed to radical change. We do not think those who police, intimidate and enact violence on communities are healthy, functioning parts of those communities and regard with suspicion those who believe that moral appeals will save Black people from public execution.
In Power,
Black Lives Matter: GR.

Southeast Area Farmers’ Market partners with YMCA Veggie Van

 

veggie vanSoutheast Area Farmers’ Market
MLK Jr. Park
Fridays 3 to 7 p.m.
Saturdays 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
SNAP, WIC, Sr. Project Fresh/Market FRESH and Double Up Food Bucks

The Southeast Area Farmers’ Market has another new vendor: The YMCA Veggie Van. Because it operates on a smaller scale than most farmers’ markets, the market has had challenges attracting more vendors. The Veggie Van will nicely complement the great range of items that its current vendors offer—especially now that the market is located at MLK Jr. Park, 900 Fuller Ave. SE, and has a lot more traffic.

Like its other faithful vendors, the Veggie Van will sell locally grown, top-quality fruits and vegetables and accept SNAP, WIC, and Senior Project Fresh/Market FRESH benefits. And, like the Southeast Area Farmers’ Market, it receives funding from the W. K. Kellogg Foundation.

While the Veggie Van will only be at the Southeast Area Farmers’ Market on Saturdays, the regular market vendors will be on hand both market days: 3 to 7 p.m. Fridays and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays. Please come out and support these vendors who live, work and grow right here in Grand Rapids’ southeast neighborhoods!

The Tolberts are back with their amazing greens and other delicious in-season produce. Mr. Price offers fresh fruits as well as Watkins products. Ms. Yvonne Woodard, Ms. Darlene Gibbons and other regulars offer everything from herbs and chemical-free produce to kettle corn and craft items. When you buy from these vendors, you not only get healthy foods, you also help build an alternative food system that more justly serves your neighborhood.