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Southeast Area Farmers’ opens July 11

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The Southeast Farmers’ Market opens 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday July 11 at Martin Luther King Jr. Park, 900 Fuller SE, Grand Rapids 49506. The Market seeks to provide a wide variety of local produce in neighborhood. Vendors are primarily women of color, home growers, and residents of southeast Grand Rapids. In addition to providing access to healthy food, the market hosts meal preparation activities, workshops, and resources from community organizations. It welcomes Bridge Card, SNAP, Double Up Food Bucks, WIC and many other assistance and coupon programs. Joe Taylor Park, 1138 Bemis St. SE, will host the market 6 to 8 p.m. every other Thursday beginning July 16. kyprii

When you stop by he market, say hello to Aquinas College graduate, Kyprii Whitney,  this season’s market intern. Born and raised in Detroit, Kyprii hopes her internship at the market will bring her one step closer to a career in music marketing.

Program for Growth gardens all set to feed families!

Participants of Our Kitchen Table’s Program for Growth are already harvesting some fresh, organic produce from their gardens and looking forward to an abundant summer season.  Ms. Doris shares, “I have collards, turnips, tomatoes, cucumbers, bell peppers and sweet herb [stevia]. I’m just loving it!”

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Photo courtesy Miss Doris and Stephen Smith.

Ready, set, grow!

Our Kitchen Table Program for Growth participants were busy during the month of May!

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In addition to planting cold crops like kale and herbs, they also got their containers and raised beds ready for the warm season crops, which will be delivered soon. Farmer Williams delivered premium, healthy soil and helped construct raised beds, including OKT’s first waist-high raised-bed, designed to make growing food more accessible. Participants were careful to follow social distancing guidelines. Program for Growth weekly meetings are continuing via Zoom conferencing.

Program for Growth plants early cold crops

Last week, under the direction of OKT’s consulting farmer, Kelsey Hakeem, garden coaches from OKT’s Program for Growth distributed cold-crops for end-of-April planting: chard, kale, parsley, and chives.

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The garden coaches observed strict social distancing guidelines and suited up with head coverings, protective jumpsuits, masks and gloves. Planting instructions are being shared via text and email. Plants are now in the ground at MLK Jr. Leadership Academy and several Program for Growth participant’s home gardens.

MIFMA provides farmers market guidelines for P-EBT

As part of the federal response to COVID-19 a program, P-EBT/Pandemic EBT will provide food assistance to Michigan families that participate in free or reduced lunches at school. The Michigan Farmers Market Association has released the following information to help farmers accept these benefits at farmers markets.

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And, here is information on the program for consumers:ebt

 

Two more weeks to shop the farmers’ market!

Last chance to stock upon clean local produce for winter!

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On Nov. 2, three community partners will be providing information and resources:

Grand Rapids Fire Department Residential Safety Program. The RSP is a voluntary program to prevent fires. The goal is to reduce the number and severity of fires. It offers:

  • Fire safety checks
  • Free smoke alarm upgrades and installations
  • Free carbon monoxide (CO) alarm installations
  • One-on-one fire safety consultation

Grand Rapids Creative Youth Center. CYC offers after school creative writing programming to Grand Rapids youth (1st graders through high school seniors) at no cost to families.

Grand Rapids Public Library “Storytimes” Fun and educational storytimes for children ages birth – 5 years old.

 

 

Southeast Area Farmers’ Market at LINC Saturday 10/19

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11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturdays

Oct. 19, Nov. 2 & 9 at
LINC parking lot, Madison Ave.
just north of Hall St. SE 49507

Oct. 26 at MLK Jr. Park,
900 Fuller Ave. SE 49506

Only four weeks remain to shop at the Southeast Area Farmers’ Market! On Saturday Oct. 19, the market meets at LINC. The harvest is abundant and it’s a great time to but fresh local veggies to freeze or can for the winter months ahead.

The Grand Rapids Creative Youth Center (CYC) will be sharing information at the Southeast Area Farmers’ Market Saturday Oct. 19 and 26. CYC offers after school creative writing programming to Grand Rapids youth (1st graders-High School Seniors) at no cost to families. All programs take place at Jubilee Jobs in the Baxter Community Center. Come join the adventure! Registration for Fall 2 is now open! Fall 2 : November 11 – December 19 – 5 week (NO Class November 25-29).

In all classes students will work to write and edit content for The Book of Explosions, the CYC’s annual anthology of student writing. Students explore various genres and techniques, learning about poetry, narrative, or nonfiction. Students will have the opportunity to share their work in an informal performance at the end of the class term in the classrooms as well as being invited to share their work at an open microphone event at a local business at the end of the term.

Mondays :

Afterschool Adventure – 3rd-5th grade – Book Club 4-5 pm, Creative Writing 5-6 pm – 12 total spaces

Wednesdays :

  • Afterschool Adventure – 1st & 2nd grade – Book Club 4-5, Creative Writing 5-6 – 12 total spaces
  • Amplify – Middle School, 4-6 pm at Jubilee Jobs in the Baxter Community Center – 14 total spaces
  • Craft – High School, 6:15pm-7:45pm at Jubilee Jobs in the Baxter Community Center – 10 total spaces

Contact KAIT by email: kait@creativeyouthcenter.org or by phone (616) 458-5505 to request.

Other community partners at the market on the 19th include the Grand Rapids Public Library Storytime program and United Healthcare with information on accessing free benefits if you have Medicare and/or Medicaid.

Southeast Area Farmers’ Market at LINC Saturday

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  • 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturdays
  • Oct. 12, 19, Nov. 2 & 9 at
    LINC parking lot, Madison Ave.
    just north of Hall St. SE 49507
  • Oct. 26 at MLK Jr. Park,
    900 Fuller Ave. SE 49506

Only five weeks remain to shop at the Southeast Area Farmers’ Market! On Saturday Oct. 12, the market meets at LINC. The harvest is abundant and it’s a great time to but fresh local veggies to freeze or can for the winter months ahead.

Community partner, United Healthcare, is sending its Kent County community outreach coordinator, Molly Carpenter, to share information on accessing free benefits if you have Medicare and/or Medicaid.