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Urban Roots hosts farm open house Wednesday

downloadUrban Roots Farm Open House
June 20, 2018 5:30-7:30 pm June 20, 2018
1316 Madison SE 49507

Farm Open Houses are an opportunity to celebrate our community together and explore the farm. Come when you can, stay as long as you are able, and share a farm-fresh meal with the Urban Roots staff. There’s a seat for everyone at the table. (And all the fresh strawberries you can eat.)

The Open House will be from 5:30-7:30 at 1316 Madison SE 49507. There is plenty of street parking or in the lot across the street.  Check out the Facebook event.

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OKT presents at City-sponsored workshop

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Growing: Community Justice and Food
6-9 p.m. Monday June 18
Baxter Community Center, 935 Baxter St. SE 49506

OKT’s executive director, Lisa Oliver-King will talk about growing food–and growing justice–in Grand Rapids’ southeast neighborhoods. The workshop seeks to share how to strengthen relationships and quality of life in these neighborhoods, practice food justice and engage neighbors via a community garden with financial support from the City of Grand Rapids Neighborhood Match Fund (NMF) www.grandrapidsmi.gov/nmf.

The main goals of the NMF are to build stronger connections among residents in neighborhoods, and to address and promote social justice. All projects, including community gardens, must intentionally advance these goals. So if you’re a GR resident interested in starting a community garden to grow community, justice and food – attend this workshop for important tips and strategies.

LITTLE FREE LIBRARY OPENS SATURDAY

LFL photoLITTLE FREE LIBRARY FOR KIDS OPENS SATURDAY, JUNE 9,
IN OAKDALE NEIGHBORHOOD

Neighbors of all ages have pulled together to establish a Little Free Library in a vacant lot at 1025 Oakdale St SE. The grand opening on Saturday, June 9, from 1 to 3 p.m. will feature free snacks, drumming, Vizions Dance, making bookmarks and, of course, BOOKS!

“If you can, bring a book to share at the grand opening. People who bring identification can also sign up for a free Grand Rapids Public Library card and Read to Ride bus pass to use at local branches,” said Teresa Jones.

The Little Free Library (LFL) at 1025 Oakdale St SE will focus on books for preschoolers through middle schoolers. Anyone may add or take a book at any time. The books are for sharing and must not be sold. The site also includes a picnic table, so neighborhood youth and adults can offer weekly summer story times in English, Spanish or Kinyarwanda.

The LFL at 1025 Oakdale St SE is officially registered by Little Free Library, an international nonprofit that fosters neighborhood book exchanges around the world. Its website states, “One of the most successful ways to improve the reading achievement of children is to increase their access to books, especially at home.”

The 1025 Oakdale St SE project is made possible by the City of Grand Rapids Neighborhood Match Fund, Habitat for Humanity of Kent County (which owns the vacant lot), Oakdale Neighbors, Modern Hardware, Steelcase, Bimbo Bakeries, Redux Books, Standard Lumber and dozens of neighbors and book donors.

Fire Department now accepting applications for Fire Youth Academy

youthfire_webThe Grand Rapids Fire Department is now accepting applications for this summer’s Fire Youth Academy for high school freshmen, sophomores and juniors. The academy runs 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. June 18-22 at the Grand Rapids Fire Training Center, 1101 Monroe Ave. NW.

The one-week course includes classroom and hands-on activities that cover:

  • Search and rescue
  • Fire engine and aerial truck operations
  • Special rescue operations
  • Protective equipment
  • Fire prevention
  • Fire investigation
  • Emergency medical services

 

To participate, students must:

  • Be a high school sophomore, junior or senior
  • Be younger than 18
  • Have a minimum GPA of 2.0
  • Be in good standing at school
  • Understands and/or exhibits the GRFD core values of honesty, integrity, loyalty, teamwork and excellence
  • Have no felony convictions
  • Be in good physical condition and pass a physical

 

To apply online or for more information, visit grandrapidsmi.gov/Services/Apply-for-the-Fire-Youth-Academy.

Please support the Walk for Good Food! 

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As food pantries across the nation begin to look at root causes of hunger and under-nutrition, they are beginning to address the injustices in the food system that make food charity a necessity. Access of West Michigan has been on the leading edge of this movement, as is reflected in the new name they’ve given their annual fund-raising walk, The Walk for Good Food.

Please support the Walk for Good Food! The Southeast Area Farmers’ Market is one of the recipients of Walk funds — and OKT manages the market! Open from the first Saturday in July to the second Saturday in November at Grand Rapids’ Martin Luther King Jr. Park, our market ‘s vendors are primarily women of color from Grand Rapids’ Southeast neighborhoods. Most of our sales are completed with food assistance dollars. Because the market takes part in the Double Up Food Bucks program,  our patrons using SNAP benefits can purchase twice as much fresh, local produce. This means that our neighbors with income challenges can feed their households even more nutritious food –even though they live in neighborhoods that otherwise have very limited access to healthy foods.

When you support the walk you support the market. Sign up today to join the OKT walk team or pledge your support through an online donation. OKT also seeks corporate donors to be our sponsors for the event. Download the corporate sponsor packet here.