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Greens Cook-off and Green Tomato Festival Saturday Nov. 3!

Don’t miss the Southeast Area Farmers’ Market’s biggest event!

Meet our celebrity Judge: Chef Trimmel, Forty Acres Soul Kitchen

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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

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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.”

LINC Community Revitalization invites you to be a part of L.A.S.T.

Linc-UP-logo-colorLINC Academy for Social Transformation

“LAST is a 3-day course that will be held on October 31, November 1 and November 2 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.  We understand this is a significant time commitment, therefore, we offer a stipend of $250 for community residents who register for and attend all 3 sessions.” — Lyonel LaGrone, Jr.,  LINC Policy Liaison

L.A.S.T. is LINC’s capacity building tool to promote social change and seeks to create mid- and long-term impact through lasting transformational opportunities for residents, families, youth, business owners and nonprofit organizations in our communities.

For LINC, change is more than just the displacement of a condition or issue.  It is about experiencing a true transformation, a social transformation.  We believe in the idea of transformational leadership and the role it plays in creating better opportunities for all, empowering people through opportunity, and genuinely lifting up the voice of the community.  This type of change is much needed to break the cycle of poverty, systemic gaps and social disparities that keep us from bettering our communities.  We believe in every individual’s potential to be part of this process of change. A process which demands quality leadership.

In an academy fashion, L.A.S.T. offers a three-day core training titled “Leadership for Social Change” in which participants are equipped with skills and knowledge to help them obtain leadership roles and work to further promote social change and revitalization efforts in their neighborhoods.  While trainings are available to organizations for a corporate fee, residents in our community will be offered incentives to attend.  The session runs from 8:30am-5:30pm the first two days.  On the third day we offer a unique opportunity for participants to attend a Grand Rapids City Commissions meeting, so the class runs from 1:00-5:00pm, after which we have dinner and then bus all participants to and from the meeting.

The curriculum is divided into four parts covering the following topics:

  • Community Driven Neighborhood Revitalization
  • Leadership Styles/Individual Potential
  • Culture of Team and Diversity
  • Power Dynamics
  • Systems Change/Thinking
  • Systems Advocacy
  • History of Socio-Economic Structures
  • Social Justice
  • Community Empowerment
  • Community Conflict Management
  • LINC Model
  • Community Wealth
  • How do we fit in?
  • Call to action

The training is typically offered quarterly at the LINC UP Gallery, 341 Hall St SE. Lunch and snacks will be provided on the first two class days, with snacks and dinner on the third.

If you are interested in registering call 616.451.9140.

Learn about Planned Parenthood’s resources at Farmers’ Market Saturday

14021690_1263886476963384_2948188631749601892_n-1Southeast Area Farmer’s Market
11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday Oct. 20
LINC parking lot,
Madison north of Hall St. SE

Bridge Cards, Double Up Food Bucks and WIC Welcome!

On Saturday Oct. 20, staff from Grand Rapids’ Planned Parenthood Irwin/Martin Health Center  will table at the market, providing information about the full range of affordable services that they offer area residents with or without health insurance.

Did you know that in addition to helping with women’s healthcare and contraception, the health center offers general healthcare, HIV testing, LGBT services, men’s healthcare, pregnancy testing and services and more?

In addition, Planned Parenthood’s trained educators offer comprehensive sex education that helps youth and others learn about sex and sexuality, explore values and beliefs about those topics ,and gain the skills that help them make healthy choices despite bullying or peer pressure. Statistics have proventhat comprehensive sex education is more effective than abstinence only programs in reducing teen pregnancies, abortions and STD rates.

OKT is proud to stand with Planned Parenthood!