Southeast Area Farmers’ Market opens Saturday July 1

13882561_1253537447998287_2460462587423020698_nThe Southeast Area Farmers’ Market kicks off its 2017 season on Saturday July 1 at Martin Luther King Jr. Park, 900 Fuller Ave. SE 49506. The market will operate Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. through Nov. 11. Market events commence July 8 with a visit from the Grand Rapids Fire Department Residential Safety Program and an Urban Foraging Workshop (noon to 2 p.m.). A new addition to the market, once a month it will host area artists at its Arts Market tent.

“As market managers for the past seven years, Our Kitchen Table has well established the market at MLK Jr. Park,” says Lisa Oliver-King, executive director of Our Kitchen Table. “Neighborhood residents have enjoyed having access to fresh, local produce and cottage foods within walking distance.”

dufb_bridgecardThe Southeast Area Farmers’ Market warmly welcomes patrons using Bridge cards (SNAP), WIC Project Fresh, Cash Value Benefits, Summer EBT, Double Up Food Bucks and debit cards. When using the Double Up Food Bucks program, patrons purchasing Michigan produce at select farmers’ markets with Bridge cards receive $1 for each $1 dollar spent, up to $20 each market visit.

The Market has an exciting line-up of market activities on its 2017 calendar. In addition, community organizations will be on hand with information, activities and services. The following events will take place from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Friday market and 12 to 2 p.m. at the Saturday market:


  • July 8 Urban Foraging Workshop
  • July 30 Fried Green Tomato Festival
  • Aug. 5 DIY Personal Care Items Workshop
  • Sept. 15 Art at the Market
  • Oct. 1 Greens Cook-off
  • Oct. 7 Greens Cook-0ff
  • Nov. 4 Fall Celebration

Cooking Demos: July 22, Aug. 19, Sept. 23, Oct. 28 and Nov. 4.


Arts Market Tent:  July 15, Aug. 12, Sept. 16 and Oct. 21


For information, email or visit



Free composting class June 19

wgtw_compost_lg_textOn Monday June 19, OKT is hosting a free Composting class from 6 to 8 p.m. at Garfield Park Lodge, 334 Burton St. SE 49507. Come and learn about the true nature of compost and how to end up with the rich humus that your garden needs.

What is compost?   The term “compost” is overused and not clearly defined by those using it.  Commercial industries, backyard gardeners and community gardens say that they are composting but that’s not always the case. Commercial compost you buy at the garden shop or big box store is not regulated—and can even contain toxic industrial wastes. True composting results in fluffy humus that’s rich in carbon.  While similar to potting soil in texture and color, it is much healthier for your garden.

This is the third in a series of four food gardening classes that OKT is offering this May. Next Monday June 26, OKT will share “How to Save Seeds.”

Free “Know Your Rights” event planned for immigrants at Wyoming West Elementary


Tuesday, May 23, 2017 at 6:00 PM ~ Martes, 23 de Mayo de 2017 a las 6:00PM
West Elementary Cafeteria, 1840 38th St SW, Wyoming, MI 49519 ~
Cafetería de la escuela primaria West

Light refreshments and childcare will be provided ~ Se ofrecerán refrescos ligeros y cuidado de niños

Wyoming’s West Elementary in partnership with KSSN presents: Information for the Community. Is it difficult for you to understand your legal rights? Don’t know who to consult? Receive answers to these questions and more from professionals in our community!

Escuela Primaria West en asociación con KSSN presenta: Información para la Comunida. ¿Se le hace difícil comprender sus derechos legales? ¿No sabe con quién consultar? ¡Reciba respuestas a estas preguntas y más de profesionales de nuestra comunidad!



  • Alexandra Gillett, Attorney from Justice For Our Neighbors ~Abogada de Justicia Para Nuestros Vecinos (JFON)
  • Ana Raquel Devereaux, Attorney from Michigan Immigrant Rights Center ~Abogada de Centro de los Derechos de Inmigrantes (MIRC)
  • Olga Martinez, Hispanic Center of West Michigan ~Centro Hispano de Oeste de Michigan
  • Elisa Pérez-Arellano, Community Social Worker ~Trabajadora Social Comunitario

For information, contact Erika VanDyke (KSSN Coordinator) call/text 616-648-6079 or Ruth Rolff (EL Teacher) at 616-530-7533 ext.4615.

Earth Day Spring Tree Tour

LauraCasaletto-1Saturday April 22
10:30 a.m. – 12  p.m.
Garfield Park Pavilion,
334 Burton St. SE 49507

This free tree tour is part of the food justice mission of OKT.

Tree tour guide, Laura Casaletto will lead us through Garfield Park where we will munch leaves and nibble flowers together for Earth Day. The menu includes spruce tips, the nectar inside tulip tree flowers, black locust flowers, Japanese knotweed shoots, redbud blossoms and perhaps entire linden trees!

“We’ll certainly find something nice underfoot –and you’ll get a little booklet to help you recall what you learned.
If it rains, we’ll meet in the Lodge!

Take action to support the “10 Cents a Meal” program

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10CentsAMeal.jpgMichigan’s 10 Cents A Meal pilot program is providing schools with match incentive funding up to 10 cents per meal to purchase and serve Michigan-grown produce to an estimated 48,000 students in 16 grant-winning school districts.

A mid-pilot report from the Michigan Department of Education shows that many school children are being introduced to new fruits and vegetables as a result of this funding, and the program is investing in Michigan’s economy and jobs at the same time.

Some highlights include:

  • The top three outcomes achieved for Food Service were: The variety of produce served in school meals has increased. Local produce purchasing can be planned with greater certainty. Purchasing power is enhanced.
  • Food service directors named 30 new foods that they tried in meals. New foods tried by the largest number of districts were cherries, multicolored carrots, peaches, blueberries, strawberries, asparagus, squash, navy beans, and Romanesco.
  • Businesses large and small—from 20-acre to 1,800-acre farms, along with processors and distribution companies—reported growing business because of 10 Cents.

“We believe the timing was right for this pilot, and for potential expansion next year, because schools are serving a greater variety of fruits and vegetables and that is exactly what Michigan farmers grow.” – State Superintendent Brian J. Whiston


Project Description and Goals: 10 Cents a Meal for School Kids & Farms (10 Cents) is a pilot project to:   • Provide schools with an incentive match up to 10 cents per meal to purchase Michigan fruits and vegetables.  • Improve daily nutrition and eating habits for children through the school setting.  • Invest in Michigan agriculture and related local food business economy.  • Implement a $250,000 pilot program with $210,000 for school food reimbursements.CONTINUE READING