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Urban agriculture + placemaking = new economy

Submitted 10-06-2015 under OPINION

Levi Gardner of Urban Roots explores different facets in the relationship between urban agriculture and placemaking.


ArtPrize visits Burning Man

Submitted 09-29-2015 under PLACE-MATTERS

Kevin Buist, Exhibitions Director at ArtPrize, had a chance to visit Burning Man this year along with Executive Director Christian Gaines. Here he shares the experience- and how it relates to other, more permanent artworks and city structures.


She Rides her Own Way to host Women and Bikes speaker series

Submitted 09-15-2015 under NEWS

On September 17, four local panelist will talk about how biking has made a positive impact on their lives at bicycling event at Downtown Grand Rapids Inc.


Building community: Why honest conversations matter

Submitted 09-15-2015 under PLACE-MATTERS

We can't grow as a community- or as individuals- if we aren't willing to engage in hard conversations. Willingness to be honest takes courage. Why are we so afraid of that here in Grand Rapids?


New program for older zoo-goers combines activity with education

Submitted 09-04-2015 under LOCAL LIFE

John Ball Zoo, along with Priority Health, kicked off the new Silver Explorer program last month. The eight-week program aims to bring more seniors to the zoo by giving them different method to learn and stay active.


Urban Roots to continue conversation on supporting local food at Wealthy Theatre

Submitted 09-02-2015 under NONPROFITS

[FULL VIDEO] Presented by Urban Roots, an upcoming panel discussion at the Wealthy Theatre titled "Support Local Food: A conversation on access, growing, and the local food economy" will be free and open to the public on Monday September 14.


Using green spaces to change the narrative

Submitted 08-25-2015 under PLACE-MATTERS

Public parks can help us create better communities and disrupt stereotypes when we adopt a mindset of connected collectivism.


Why we need to start talking honestly about the Downtown Market

Submitted 08-18-2015 under PLACE-MATTERS

Has the Downtown Market lived up to community expectations? Which expectations are being met- and which do we need to talk about honestly and get to work to improve for the better of everyone in our local food economy?


Urban Roots to host open house

Submitted 08-11-2015 under NEWS

The open house will be held on August 19 in Urban Roots' new workshop space behind the former McDonalds at 1059 Wealthy SE.


OKT to host Aug. 12 event, "Let's talk Food Security & Sovereignty" with special guest Mike Cohen

Submitted 08-10-2015 under NONPROFITS

Farmer and ecologist, Mark Cohen, an organic certifier and Bionutrient Food Association (BFA) chapter leader speaks 6:30 p.m. Aug. 12, Garfield Park Lodge, 334 Burton SE 49507.