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Free! May food gardening & cooking classes!

Deanna 2Our Kitchen Table invotes you to join us for our four-part food gardening series, taught by farmer Leslie Huffman.

· May 1 & June 5: How to Plan Your Food Garden 1
· May 8 & June 12: How to Plan Your Food Garden 2
· May 15 & June 19: Composting & Vermiculture
· May 22, June 26: How to Save Seeds

These classes take place Mondays 6 – 8 p.m. at Garfield Park Lodge, 334 Burton SE, Grand Rapids. OKT is also partnering with Baxter Community Center to offer these additional May classes at Baxter, 935 Baxter SE 49506 (Bemis entrance):

Wednesday May 3: Cooking with Whole and Bulk Foods. This class will take a look at foods you can order through OKT’s Collective Whole Foods Purchase Group and how to prepare some simple meals and snacks with them, e.g. oatmeal, popcorn, dried beans and quinoa and trail mixes.

Wednesday May 10: Canning Basics. Baxter staff will take us to the kitchen and show us how to preserve foods from our gardens and farm markets.

Baxter Community Center and other area agencies are offering many other gardening and cooking classes, as well. Check them out on the 2017 Healthy Happenings Calendar below.2017 combined calendar Online rev..

Food Justice Primer April 17

635920484324449544-906593044_FoodJustice1April 17, 6—8 p.m. at Garfield Park Lodge, 334 Burton St SE 49507

The idea of eating healthier foods in many ways has become mainstream. However, for people experiencing income challenges or living in neighborhoods of color, access to these healthier foods is not a reality. A true food apartheid exists in our community—and that’s where the work of food justice begins.

This food justice class will define what food justice is, explore the roots of the industrial food system and investigate the many facets of food justice. If you want to know more about food justice—or become involved in it yourself—please join us for this free, brief introduction to food justice. OKT will conclude the informal dialogue with group input on how we can practice food justice locally.

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OKT at the 2016 Access Hunger Walk

The 40th Annual Access Hunger Walk is happening Sunday, May 7. Registration and kick-off is at 1:30pm; the Walk begins at 2:30pm. This 5K walk starts and ends at Park Church, 10 E Park Pl NE, and winds through downtown Grand Rapids. More than 600 walkers, 20 local and international recipient agencies and dozens of volunteers make the Walk a success.

The Southeast Area Farmers’ Market is one of the Walk recipients. OKT invites you to support the Walk in one of three ways:

  1. 20160501_151015Join the Our Kitchen Table Team.  Click here to sign up directly on the Access West Michigan website. Or, email media@OKTjustice.org and ask us to register you.
  2. Pledge support to one of our walkers. Simply select the person you wish to support by searching for their name here.
  3. Make a personal donation or ask your place of business to be an OKT corporate supporter. Click here to select team Our Kitchen Table and make your donation. Or, send your check to Our Kitchen Table, 334 Burton St. SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49507.

OKT creates combined 2017 “Healthy Happenings” calendar

Our Kitchen Table has contacted several area organizations doing food and wellness work  to create a combined calendar that shares their community events. Here it is! Feel free to share! For a printable .pdf version, click here. Thank you Baxter Community Center, Urban Roots, Well House, Oakdale Neighbors and others for joining us in this effort!

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OKT seeks corporate sponsors for Access Hunger Walk

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Would your business be interested in sponsoring the 40th Annual Access Hunger Walk? As a hunger Walk recipient, Our Kitchen Table will be directly supported by your contribution. OKT will use Huger Walk monies to fund the 2017 Southeast Area Farmers’ Market. to arrange sponsorship, email media@OKTjustice.org.

Corporate sponsorship is also a great way to raise awareness about your business throughout the greater Grand Rapids metropolitan area.

The minimum corporate sponsorship amount is $150. Sponsorships up to $2,000 go directly to OKT. Sponsorships of $2,000 and more will be split between OKT and the general Walk fund. Commitment from sponsors must be submitted to Access no later than March 20, 2017 to secure corporate benefits. Sponsorships will be accepted after this date, but the business will not be given any benefits.

The Walk brings together more than 600 walkers, 100 congregations and others, like OKT.  Donations to the walk support 20 local and international nonprofits working to create a thriving food system, a food system that provides all people access to healthy, affordable food.

Click here to view the full  Sponsorship Packet for Participant Organizations.