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Learn about Planned Parenthood’s resources at Farmers’ Market Saturday

unnamed (2)Southeast Area Farmer’s Market
11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday Sept. 15
LINC parking lot,
Madison Ave. north of Hall St. SE.
Bridge Cards, Double Up Food Bucks and WIC Welcome!

On Saturday Sept. 15, staff from Grand Rapids’ Planned Parenthood Irwin/Martin Health Center  will table at the market, providing information about the full range of affordable services that they offer area residents with or without health insurance.

Did you know that in addition to helping with women’s healthcare and contraception, the health center offers general healthcare, HIV testing, LGBT services, men’s healthcare, pregnancy testing and services and more?

In addition, Planned Parenthood’s trained educators offer comprehensive sex education that helps youth and others learn about sex and sexuality, explore values and beliefs about those topics ,and gain the skills that help them make healthy choices despite bullying or peer pressure. Statistics have proventhat comprehensive sex education is more effective than abstinence only programs in reducing teen pregnancies, abortions and STD rates.

OKT is proud to stand with Planned Parenthood!

Urban Roots Community Market reopens Sept. 6

IMG_9769_market_wuendy.JPGUrban Roots is reopening its Community Market, 1316 Madison Ave SE, on September 6 with a celebratory event, 12 to 1:30 p.m. Thursday Sept 6. The market, which offers healthy, affordable, local  produce and whole foods will be open for business 12 to 7 p.m. every  Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.

Urban Roots is a non­profit 501(c)3 community farm, market, and education center in the Madison Community. Working with students of all ages across Grand Rapids, its mission is to cultivate durable and resilient families, communities, and ecosystems through urban agriculture. For information, visit http://www.urbanrootsgr.org

GR Veg Fest folks to table at farmers’ market Sat. Sept 1

Southeast Area Farmers’ Market,Saturdays 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
On Sept. 1, 8, 15 & 22 the market meets at LINC  Madison Ave. north of Hall St. SE 

poster-2018_headersize-copy-1-e1534247292667Volunteers from the Grand Rapids Veg Fest will be sharing resources at the Southeast Area Farmers’ Market on Saturday Sept. 1.

VegFest is an annual vegetarian food festival held in cities around the world to promote veganism and vegetarianism, healthy lifestyles, compassion for animals and conservation of the environment.

Grand Rapids is one of the most vegan friendly cities in the US with more than 40 identified vegan friendly restaurants in town and boasting one of the oldest, most active vegetarian Meetup groups.

Do you need to be vegan to attend? No! The goal of annual Grand Rapids Veg Fest is simple: to promote plant based diets for health, compassion, and conservation of the environment. With local and national vendors, nationally-recognized speakers and food samples galore, Vegfest is the place for vegans, vegetarians, or omnivores curious about the health benefits of a plant based diet

Local and national vegan businesses including foods, cosmetics, clothing and fashion, animal rights organizations, restaurants and wellness coaches will be at the Veg Fest. Exhibitors are encouraged to provide samples, sell products on site, promote their organization and recruit volunteers for their campaign. Attendees will be able to learn about new products, make connections with local vendors, watch plant based cooking demonstrations, attend lectures and receive the support and resources to learn how a plant based diet could work for them.

 

While OKT does not promote vegetarianism or veganism, we do recognize eating a plant-based diet as one of many strategies for growing food and environmental justice and decreasing the exploitation of people and animals.

City staff seeking residents’ input on South Corridor plan at Saturday’s market

20171021_110742Southeast Area Farmers’ Market,
Saturdays 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

On Aug. 25, Sept. 1, 8, 15 & 22 the market meets at LINC  Madison Ave. north of Hall St. SE 

Staff from the City of Grand Rapids are coming to the Southeast Area Farmers’ Market Saturday to provide information and seek resident input on proposed improvements to its South Corridor.

The South Division, Burton, Hall, Grandville Avenue Corridor Improvement Authority is developing an action agenda for improving the lives of neighborhood residents.In addition to physical improvement projects, the Corridor Authority is looking at  education, safety, health, supportive social services and other things that can improve the lives of neighborhood residents.

For more information on the South Corridor project, read this article from Rapid Growth Media.

Southeast Area Farmers’ Market hosting MobileGR Saturday at MLK Jr Park

 

mobile-gr-graphicSoutheast Area Farmer’s Market
11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at MLK Jr. Park

We warmly welcome SNAP, Bridge Cards, WIC  and Doube Up Food Bucks!

When you’re picking up your delicious fresh produce at the market Saturday, stop and chat with Mobile GR staff to discover how you can be more mobile in GR.

Mobile GR provides  Grand Rapids residents, workers, and visitors with 21st Century Mobility. In addition to managing street parking, ramps, and lots, Mobile GR is working to broaden transportation options and strengthen those in place. According to the City of Grand Rapids website,

“We know social justice, economic development, and transportation depend on each other’s success. We work to improve our quality of life by getting more people to use active transportation. We want to help expand people’s options so they can choose to take transit, walk, bike, carpool, or drive alone.”

 

Mobile GR sharing resources with market patrons July 28

Southeast Area Farmer’s Market
11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at LINC, Madison Ave. Parking Lot
Bridge Cards, Double Up Food Bucks and WIC Welcome!

mobile-gr-graphicMobile GR provides  Grand Rapids residents, workers, and visitors with 21st Century Mobility. In addition to managing street parking, ramps, and lots, Mobile GR is working to broaden transportation options and strengthen those in place. According to the City of Grand Rapids website,

“We know social justice, economic development, and transportation depend on each other’s success. We work to improve our quality of life by getting more people to use active transportation. We want to help expand people’s options so they can choose to take transit, walk, bike, carpool, or drive alone.”

When you’re picking up your delicious fresh produce at the market Saturday, stop and chat with Mobile GR staff to discover how you can be more mobile in GR.

City of Grand Rapids engages OKT to develop growing guide

GR Growing Guide finalOur Kitchen Table has completed an eight-page Growing Community, Justice & Food guide in conjunction with Stacy Stout, City of Grand Rapids assistant to the city manager, who works with the City’s Neighborhood Match Fund grant program. The guide includes materials that OKT had previously shared in other handouts and presentations as well as additional information that Stout thought would be helpful. Folks receiving funds from NMF for food garden projects can use the guide to help them grow successfully.

NMF provides small matching grants for community-focused projects that:

  • Identify, develop and network residents
  • Build stronger connections among residents and in their neighborhoods
  • Address and promote social justice
  • Benefit the public

Grand Rapids residents, informal resident groups (e.g. block clubs) in Grand Rapids, and community-based organizations located in and serving Grand Rapids can apply. NMF contracts are between $200 and $2,500. The amount awarded depends on the amount requested, project scope, alignment with NMF objectives and NMF balance. The NMF committee reviews applications quarterly. The next application period runs from September 1, 2018 to September 30, 2018.

You can download the guide for free here.