Urgent Community Meeting – Tuesday, May 23


This and following meetings in other parts of the city are a chance to gather resident feedback on the city’s implementation of the 12-point plan and community/police relations. Join the NAACP, Micah Center, LINC, and other community organizations in holding our city and police accountable. Come speak up and have a say in our city’s recommendations! Join the event on facebook.

Learn “How to Save Seeds”


How to Save Seeds, Monday May 22, 6 to 8 p.m.
at Garfield Park Lodge, 334 Burton St. SE, Grand Rapids 49507. Free!

Did you know that when you grow organic or heirloom varieties in your food garden, you can save the seeds to start new plants the next growing season? In addition to growing your garden budget, growing from saved seeds ensures a produce yield that is more nutritious and tastier.

Also, from a food justice perspective, saving seeds is activism for promoting seed freedom, food sovereignty and standing with Mother Earth and the environment.

Come and learn exactly how to save seeds from all different types of food plants — and help build an alternative to the failing industrial food complex. OKT also has a free hand-out on seed-saving. Download it here.


Thursday: “Health strategies from your garden and pantry”


May 18 from 6 PM – 8 PM
Sherman Street Church (lower level)
1000 Sherman St. SE 49506

Through tea sampling, delicious herbal snacks and discussion, participants in this workshop will learn some of the many ways certain herbs provide foundational support and detoxification to systems such as the digestive system, adrenal system, immune system, musculoskeletal system, lymphatic system and more!

Lottie Spady has incorporated the use of herbs for health and wellbeing since her teen years and been formally studying herbal medicine for the past three years. Lottie teaches the Seasonal Herb Series, a monthly herbal class and workshop, at Exhalation Integrative Wellness in Detroit. She leads plant identification walks, takes pictures of plants, and blogs about herbs and other stuff at Earthseed Detroit (

Free OKT composting class tonight!

wgtw_compost_lg_textOn Monday May 15, OKT is hosting a free Composting class from 6 to 8 p.m. at Garfield Park Lodge, 334 Burton St. SE 49507. Come and learn about the true nature of compost and how to end up with the rich humus that your garden needs.

What is compost?   The term “compost” is overused and not clearly defined by those using it.  Commercial industries, backyard gardeners and community gardens say that they are composting but that’s not always the case. Commercial compost you buy at the garden shop or big box store is not regulated—and can even contain toxic industrial wastes. True composting results in fluffy humus that’s rich in carbon.  While similar to potting soil in texture and color, it is much healthier for your garden.

This is the third in a series of four food gardening classes that OKT is offering this May. Next Monday May 22, OKT will share “How to Save Seeds.” The four-part series ill repeat in June.

Learn to grow nutritious sprouts in a jar!

SproutsInJarFree! Spring Sprouting
6 to 7:30 p.m.
Baxter Community Center
935 Baxter SE 49506 (Entry on Bemis St.)

Our Kitchen Table and Baxter Community Center are hosting a “Spring Sprouting” workshop. Come and learn how to grow your own delicious, nutritious sprouts in a jar from dry seeds like alfalfa and lentils. When you grow your own sprouts for salads, sandwiches and snacks, they cost very little, you have an ongoing supply and they cost very little!

So you want to be an ally?

pfrfcWhen: May 19, 2017
Where: Inner City Christian Federation (920 Cherry St SE,
Grand Rapids, MI 49506)
Cost: $45 (lunch included)
Click here to register.

Join Partners for a Racism Free Community for its May Learning Lab, “So You Want To Be An Ally” – A Safety Pin Box Workshop.” Join Safety Pin Box Co-Founder Leslie Mac for a workshop digging into what defines allyship in this unique time of Resistance. This session will feature personal reflections from Leslie’s work around the country, critical best practices for creating authentic accountability with marginalized communities, hands on breakout group work and a 4-week Safety Pin Box task to take home.

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About Leslie Mac

Leslie Mac is a Brooklyn born & raised activist and a first generation American of Jamaican ancestry. She founded the Ferguson Response tumblr to connect nationwide efforts supporting the important racial justice movement started in Ferguson, MO. She has since expanded the Ferguson Response Network to provide additional support for Black organizers working to create lasting social change.

Projects include the Movement for Black Lives Convening, Women’s Freedom Conference & #MLKSitIn. She attended Northwestern University, Medill School of Journalism and is a founding member of the Black Lives of UU Organizing Collective. In 2016 with fellow activist Marissa Jenae Johnson Leslie founded Safety Pin Box, a monthly subscription box for white people striving to be allies in the fight for Black Liberation.  She was recently named to Essence Magazine’s list of 100 Woke Women and is BlogHer’s 2017 Impact Voice of the Year. You can follow her on twitter @LeslieMac or visit for more information.

Health Strategies from your Garden & Pantry

lottieDetroit food justice and media activist, Lottie Spady will facilitate OKT’s
May 18 convening! 
Health Strategies from Your Garden & Pantry
6 to 8 p.m. at Sherman Street Church, 1000 Sherman St. SE 49506.
Free! (Donations accepted.)

A media-maker and herbalist who often lends her talent to OKT’s programs, Lottie will speak about the health benefits of foods and medicinal herbs we can grow in our own gardens. This presentation will build on the information learned with Lottie during last year’s May convening and our August convening with Adela Neives. Lottie spent many years working with the East Michigan Environmental Action Council (EMEAC). She utilizes a framework rooted in popular education, social justice, and social entrepreneurship to help develop relevant 21st century skills that community residents can translate into community and economic development.