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Farmers market at MLK Jr. Park Saturday Sept. 5

Southeast Area Farmers Market
12 – 2 p.m. Saturday Sept. 5
MLK Jr. Park, 900 Fuller Ave. SE 49506

Stop by for organic, fresh, local produce from Groundswell Farm, tasty cottage kitchen goods, and handcrafted personal care items and crafts.

Staff from the Urban Core Collective will offer voter registration. Resilient Roots Wellness and The Grand Rapids Yoga Company will offer an All levels | All bodies | ALL people YOGA class

Yoga at Joe Taylor Park market

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6 – 8 p.m. Thursday Aug. 26
Last market at Joe Taylor Park this year!

Resilient Roots Wellness and The Grand Rapids Yoga Company will offer an All levels | All bodies | ALL people YOGA class during the market tonight.  The socially-distanced yoga class is yoga 2trauma-sensitive and donation-based: In your times of abundance, pay more to accommodate those in need, in times of need-pay less.

Stop by the market, load up on healthy food, and build your wellness!

#gryoco #resillientroots

Urban Foraging Workshop at Market Saturday

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12 – 2 p.m. Saturday Aug. 22
MLK Jr. Park, 900 Fuller Ave. SE 49506
Stop by for organic, fresh, local produce from Groundswell Farm, tasty cottage kitchen goods, and handcrafted personal care items and crafts.

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.

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Register to vote at the market Saturday!

Southeast Area Farmers Market:  11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturday Aug. 8
MLK Jr. Park, 900 Fuller SE 49506

On Saturday August 8, staff from the Urban Core Collective will be at the Southeast Area Farmers Market to offer voter registration.

59e817b183c1d90001dd359d_YellowBus_Mockup_UCC 3Urban Core Collective’s mission is “Uplifting historically marginalized communities to a place of greater self sufficiency by unifying communities of color in order to reduce the effects of systemic racism.”

If you are already registered to vote, please think about the young people in your life that have turned 18 and could make a difference in this next voting cycle. Following is UCC’s Aug. 2 blog post for your consideration.

AUGUST 2, 2020

GEN Z VOTES: A GENERATION TO LOOK UP TO

Even though Clarissa Mata was only 12 years old at the time, she remembers the night of November 4, 2008 like it was yesterday. She and her family were gathered around the television set in her home in Jenison, Michigan watching the election results come in state by state. Watching America elect their very first Black President forever marked her life.

“I watched the country turn a different color [Republican-led red to Democrat-led blue] and I just remember thinking it was so cool that people get to determine the future of this country,” she says.

Today, Clarissa is 18 years old and is planning to vote for the first time in a presidential election this November. Although this may be the first presidential election Clarissa can vote in, she has been engaged in local politics since she was 16 years old. Using her Facebook, Instagram and Tik Tok profiles, she is constantly posting content to remind her followers and friends to register to vote.

“I want to live in a country that reflects the people and what the people want,” she explains.

Through her social media content she talks about politics and the politicians that she likes. “If I can reach the people who can vote there, that’s me being informed and helping other people be informed,” she adds.

Clarissa believes that her vote matters and she wishes more people believed that they too have the power to make a change.

“I think a lot of people think it’s just one vote and that their vote doesn’t matter, but that thinking at a large scale can become dangerous. Those hundreds of votes can make a difference—especially in local elections where there have been so many times where the results are determined by a few votes,” she says.

As a member of the LGBTQ+ community and first generation Mexican-American immigrant, Clarissa says she cannot vote for a candidate who doesn’t want to address the current climate crisis, ensure equal rights for LGBTQ+ people, fight for reproductive rights and comprehensive immigration reform for undocumented immigrants.

“Sometimes it gets a little hard to find a candidate that encompasses my values because of my identities and beliefs,” she explains.

Clarissa is part of a new generation of Americans known as Generation Z. According to data from the Pew Research Center, one-in-ten eligible voters in the 2020 electorate will be a part of generation Z. Generation Z is more ethnically and racially diverse than any previous generation and is most likely to believe that Black people are treated less fairly than people of other races and ethnicities.

When it came to registering to vote, Clarissa did it the day she turned 18. She says she thought it was going to be a really long process, but she simply went to www.michigan.gov and was able to quickly register to vote.

“It took me five minutes and it was done. And two weeks later I got my voter’s registration card. It seems silly, but I treasure my voter’s registration card,” she adds.

Advocacy for Clarissa comes easy. As a digital native, she has grown up surrounded by smartphones and computers. Back in 2018, she did not hesitate to use the internet to educate her mother about the candidates running in the midterms. “My mom was hesitant to vote because it was 6:30pm on the day of election and she didn’t know who was running and why… but I sat her down and I told her we were going to learn about the candidates and then I would drive her to the polls,” she remembers. That day, her mother voted thanks in part to the encouragement from Clarissa.

Although Clarissa is only 18 years old, she has already made waves advocating for the election of Milinda Ysasi, the first Latina commissioner of the city of Grand Rapids, and more recently for the election of Bryan Berghoef, Democrat candidate challenging Republican candidate Bill Huizenga for a congressional seat. Knowing more about Clarissa, it’s no surprise that three years ago Grand Rapids Mayor Rosalynn Bliss called Clarissa “the next Mayor of Grand Rapids” after hearing about her ten year plan.

“In 2017, we were at Lions and Rabbits for an award ceremony. I went since my mom won an award and I met Mayor Bliss there. I talked to her about everything I was doing and what I plan on doing and she said, ‘Wow. The next mayor of GR right here!’”

Clarissa wants to fight for the rights of her West Michigan community and plans to run for office in ten years after finishing law school.

“I think a lot of people my age want to leave this town and this state and I can understand why. But, I think if you can take the time to find your people you will find that we can all co-create a place of belonging for all. If it’s not here yet—we can imagine it and create it,” she shares.

Clarissa may not be a lawyer yet, but until she is she will be focusing on her studies at Grand Rapids Community College and participating in local elections while working part time at her mother’s business, Lindo Mexico Restaurante Mexicano.

Written by Michelle Jokisch Polo

Southeast Area Farmers Market at MLK Jr. Park Saturday!

locations seafmStop by for organic, fresh, local produce from Groundswell Farm, tasty cottage kitchen goods, and handcrafted personal care items and crafts.

Be sure to say hello to our new farmers market manager, Belinda Henderson. Ms. Belinda also serves as an Our Kitchen Table Food Garden Coach in the Program for Growth at MLK Jr. Leadership Academy. Special thanks to vendor Yvonne Woodard for stepping in as manager in the interim!

Thursday Farmers Market at Joe Taylor Park – July 30

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6 – 8  p.m. Thursday July 30
Joe Taylor Park, 1038 Bemis St. SE 49506

The Southeast Area Farmers Market. takes place at Joe Taylor Park this Thursday at 6! Stop by for organic, fresh, local produce from Groundswell Farm, tasty cottage kitchen goods, and handcrafted personal care items and crafts.

Be sure to say hello to our new farmers market manager, Belinda Henderson. Ms. Belinda also serves as an Our Kitchen Table Food Garden Coach in the Program for Growth at MLK Jr. Leadership Academy. Special thanks to vendor Yvonne Woodard for stepping in as manager in the interim!

Friends of Grand Rapids Park sharing resources at Saturday’s market

Southeast Area Farmers Market:  11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturday July 25 
MLK Jr. Park, 900 Fuller SE 49506

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In addition to local, fresh organic produce from Groundswell Farm, home baked cakes, and craft items, this Saturday’s market hosts Friend of Grand Rapids Parks. Stop by and chat with them about free trees, how to plant and care for trees, and why trees are such an important Grand Rapids infrastructure.

You may have seen FGRP Green Team youth caring for trees around town. This paid summer youth employment program in collaboration with the City of Grand Rapids and Grand Rapids Urban League, employs four youth from the Roosevelt Park area to help water nearly 300 trees planted by Friends and volunteers during the 2019 Mayor’s Greening Initiative.