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Urban Foraging Workshop at Farmers’ Market Saturday

 

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Noon to 2 p.m. Sat. Aug. 24
Southeast Area Farmers’ Market
MLK Jr. Park, 900 Fuller SE 49506

Did you know that many of the native species we see around us (and label as weeds) once were a prize source of both food and medicine? On Saturday August 24, citizen forester and urban forager, Laura Casaletto, will share how to identify the edible plants growing in your Grand Rapids neighborhoods. She has been using foraging as a means to supplement her family’s food budget for many years.

Stop by to sample Sumac-ade drinks (a delicious pink lemonade substitute) and two types of finger foods made primarily from wild greens including lambs quarters and garden hostas.

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This Saturday at the Market

FB-event-RR-2019-1024x576.pngThe Southeast Area Farmers’ Market is happy to share MLK Jr. Park with the GRAAHI & Urban Core Collective 2019 Rhythm Run on Saturday Aug. 17. Even if you’re not participating in the run or walk, you’ll find lots of fun activities to take part in and resources to benefit from–lots of kids, activities, too!

While you’re there, be sure to shop under the yellow market tents for fresh, local fruits and veggies and delicious cottage kitchen goods. The market is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Run festivities begin at 8 a.m. and run through 11 a.m.

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MDCR to document resident experiences with GRPD in GR Aug. 8

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Agustin Arbulu, MDCR

Thursday, August 8, the Michigan Department of Civil Rights (MDCR) will host a listening session at the Hispanic Center. It will include lunch and a presentation from MDCR, but will also serve as a listening session for community members to share their specific law enforcement experiences and interactions with the Grand Rapids Police Department (GRPD) that represent challenges to their civil rights.

Lunch will be available beginning at 11:30 a.m. for the first 65 people who register for the event.  The formal meeting starts at noon with a summary of services presentation by MDCR and Hispanic Center announcements.  Beginning at 12:30, community members are invited to share their stories of personal encounters with GRPD with Dr. Agustin Arbulu, MDCR Executive Director, and other department representatives. Testimony or comments cannot be hearsay, but should be the person’s own experience, and not what others have told him or her.  MDCR is collecting these statements as part of their ongoing investigation of the GRPD.
 
Spanish interpretation will be provided, and stories can be submitted in writing the day of the event, or by contacting Gwen Moffit, MDCR Community Engagement Liaison at MoffittG@michigan.gov.  Written submissions will also be accepted in Spanish.

 

The Michigan Department of Civil Rights investigates complaints, enforces civil rights and fair housing laws, and works to prevent discrimination through educational programs that promote voluntary compliance with civil rights laws. More information at their website.

The MDCR was created by the Michigan Constitution of 1963 to carry out the guarantees against discrimination articulated in Article I, Section 2. As further stated in Article V, Section 29, the state constitution directs the Commission to investigate alleged discrimination against any person because of religion, race, color or national origin and to “secure the equal protection of such civil rights without such discrimination”. Public Acts 453 and 220 of 1976 and subsequent amendments have added sex, age, marital status, height, weight, arrest record, and physical and mental disabilities to the original four protected categories.

RSVP via Eventbrite today. Please encourage friends, clients, and others in your network to attend and participate in this important opportunity.  

Shop the Farmers’ Market, then stop by OKT’s table before the Movie in the Park Saturday!

moviesFriends of Grand Rapids Parks in collaboration with the Grand Rapids Police Department, Urban League of West Michigan, and City of Grand Rapids Parks & Recreation Department, will be hosting free family friendly movies in our neighborhood parks this summer. On Saturday July 20, the event takes place at MLK Jr. Park, the site of the Southeast Area Farmers’ Market!

Come to the farmers’ market between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. and then spend the rest of the afternoon at the Urban League Park Party. At 7 p.m., community partners will host yard games, music and dance, entertainment, and recreation activities for all ages. The movie will start at 9 p.m.. Friends of Grand Rapids Park will serve water and popcorn, provided by Celebration Cinema, Bring along lawn chairs, blankets and snacks, but please no alcoholic beverages.

Kent County Food Policy Council seeking community input

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11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday July 20
MLK Jr. Park 900 Fuller Ave. SE 49506

The new Kent County Food Policy Council will have representatives at the Southeast Area Farmers’ Market this Saturday, July 20.  They will share information and invite market patrons to take part in a community survey. The Council is supported by the Kent County Essential Needs Task Force staff and includes persons from the Department of Health and Human Services, Michigan State University, New City Neighbors, Access of West Michigan, and Our Kitchen Table.

Unlike water, air, and land, there is currently no local department of food. Greater public awareness is needed to understand the impact the local food system has on the area’s environmental, social, and economic health and what policies are necessary to ensure future sustainability of the region. The Kent County Food Policy Council hopes to represent the diversity of the food system and of the local community to then act as a centralized body and as a clear voice that can inform local policy and decision makers on the current and future issues that will impact local food production, consumption, and access.

Its mission is to advocate for and promote a Good Food system in Kent County (as defined by the Michigan Good Food Charter). Its vision is for everyone in Kent County to enjoy a thriving Good Food system. Its values include equity, sustainability, and thriving economies .