Access of West Michigan to benefit from holiday sale event

443 Bridge St NW, Grand Rapids, Michigan

The Sovengard, a local restaurant & brewery on the West Side of GR, will be transforming their biergarten this year in the style of the traditional Christmas markets (Julmarknad) of Scandinavia.

Local artists and makers under heated tents, fireside snacks and hot drinks, live music and a tree lighting are all in store. Enjoy a little hygge this season and warm up with some giving. A portion of proceeds from the day will be going to Access! This is a free, all ages event. Tree lighting will be at 5:30pm. Check the event out on Facebook.


Grand Rapids Food Co-op Initiative hosting Town Hall at Brown-Hutcherson Ministries

downloadThe Grand Rapids Food Co-op is offering a Community Town Hall on Tuesday, October 30 at 6 pm at Brown-Hutcherson Ministries, at 618 Jefferson Ave SE. The Grand Rapids Food Co-op is a committed group of people from all walks of life who have been working together for the past four years to bring a community owned, full-service grocery store to central Grand Rapids, specifically to the part of town that has the least access to fresh, healthy, local and affordable food.

This Town Hall will provide participants with information about the food co-op including:

  • how the co-op can help with much better food access,
  • how the cooperative business model leads to local empowerment,
  • how the co-op allows for business ownership for low and moderate-income people,
  • how the co-op can provide a way for people to come together in a time-honored way to meet their needs and build up their community.

The event will also include a discussion session and the choice to join the co-op and become actively involved in creating and bringing this amazing store into being. This is truly a grassroots project to meet a deep need and empower our entire city.

So come on out to the Grand Rapids Food Co-op’s Community Town Hall at Brown-Hutcherson Ministries, at 618 Jefferson, SE. on Tuesday, October 30 at 6 pm. Refreshments will be included and the event is free and open to everyone.

LINC Community Revitalization invites you to be a part of L.A.S.T.

Linc-UP-logo-colorLINC Academy for Social Transformation

“LAST is a 3-day course that will be held on October 31, November 1 and November 2 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.  We understand this is a significant time commitment, therefore, we offer a stipend of $250 for community residents who register for and attend all 3 sessions.” — Lyonel LaGrone, Jr.,  LINC Policy Liaison

L.A.S.T. is LINC’s capacity building tool to promote social change and seeks to create mid- and long-term impact through lasting transformational opportunities for residents, families, youth, business owners and nonprofit organizations in our communities.

For LINC, change is more than just the displacement of a condition or issue.  It is about experiencing a true transformation, a social transformation.  We believe in the idea of transformational leadership and the role it plays in creating better opportunities for all, empowering people through opportunity, and genuinely lifting up the voice of the community.  This type of change is much needed to break the cycle of poverty, systemic gaps and social disparities that keep us from bettering our communities.  We believe in every individual’s potential to be part of this process of change. A process which demands quality leadership.

In an academy fashion, L.A.S.T. offers a three-day core training titled “Leadership for Social Change” in which participants are equipped with skills and knowledge to help them obtain leadership roles and work to further promote social change and revitalization efforts in their neighborhoods.  While trainings are available to organizations for a corporate fee, residents in our community will be offered incentives to attend.  The session runs from 8:30am-5:30pm the first two days.  On the third day we offer a unique opportunity for participants to attend a Grand Rapids City Commissions meeting, so the class runs from 1:00-5:00pm, after which we have dinner and then bus all participants to and from the meeting.

The curriculum is divided into four parts covering the following topics:

  • Community Driven Neighborhood Revitalization
  • Leadership Styles/Individual Potential
  • Culture of Team and Diversity
  • Power Dynamics
  • Systems Change/Thinking
  • Systems Advocacy
  • History of Socio-Economic Structures
  • Social Justice
  • Community Empowerment
  • Community Conflict Management
  • LINC Model
  • Community Wealth
  • How do we fit in?
  • Call to action

The training is typically offered quarterly at the LINC UP Gallery, 341 Hall St SE. Lunch and snacks will be provided on the first two class days, with snacks and dinner on the third.

If you are interested in registering call 616.451.9140.

5 reasons to shop at the Southeast Area Farmers’ Market Saturday

11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday Oct. 13 & 20; Nov. 3 and 10 
LINC parking lot, Madison Ave.. SE just north of Hall
Saturday Oct. 27 at MLK Jr. Park

SEAFM fall

Here are five reasons why you might want to shop the market this week!

1. Fresh, local produce tastes better and is better for you. You get more flavor and nutrients when produce is picked when its ripe.

2. The market is helping to build community. And that builds people power.

3. Your purchase supports local growers.

4. Your purchase helps build an alternative to our broken food system.

5. It’s fun! Get outdoors, chat with neighbors, go home with good food.

Greens Cook-off & Fried Green Tomato Festival Nov. 3

Greens Cook Off banner 2Enter to win! Stop by to taste!Our Kitchen Table and the Southeast Area Farmers’ Market are gearing up for the annual Greens Cook-off and Fried Green Tomato Festival to be held 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday Nov. 3 at the LINC farmers’ market location.

Do you have a prized green tomato recipe? Here’s your chance to win a prize with it. Do you have a secret family recipe for collards or some other greens? Come and show it off. You don’t have to register ahead of time. Simply bring your dish to the designated table at the farmers’ market by 11:30 a.m. and OKT will register you on site. We will provide electricity to keep your crock-pot warm.

At 12: p.m., our local celebrity judges will taste and evaluate the dishes for taste, texture, nutritional content, presentation and wow factor. Prizes will be awarded for first place, second place and honorable mention at 2 p.m.

As part of the event, OKT will be handing out free Green Tomato Cookbooks.

Southeast Area Farmers’ Market — check locations!

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11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturdays through November 10
MLK Jr. Park, Franklin St. & Fuller Ave. SE on Sept. 29 & Oct. 27

LINC Parking Lot, Madison Ave. north of Hall St. SE on
Sept. 15 & 22,  Oct. 6, 13, 20, Nov. 3 & 10

Look for these community partners at the Market this month!

  • Sept. 15 Planned Parenthood
  • Sept. 29 GR Veg Fest

The Southeast Area Farmers’ Market provides a wide variety of local produce, cottage kitchen foods, personal care items, crafts and ready-to-eat foods. Our vendors are primarily women of color, home growers and residents of OKT’s targeted neighborhoods. In addition to providing access to healthy food, the market hosts meal preparation activities, workshops and guests from community organizations.

We welcome Bridge Card, SNAP, Double Up Food Bucks, WIC and many other assistance and coupon programs.

How the Double Up Food Bucks Program Works.