Shop Seasonally: saying 'farewell' to rhubarb, and 'hello' to cherries, snap peas and pickling cucumbers

by (Amy Hinman)

Submitted 07-02-2013 under LOCAL LIFE

'Tis the season for a culinary adventure. Not sure what to do with all the veggies in your CSA? Want to add a few techniques to your culinary arsenal? Ever wondered how to pronounce kohlrabi? Chances are that the person selling you food probably...

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Independence in the kitchen: Q&A with food writer, researcher Ali Benjamin

by (Feeding America...)

Submitted 11-26-2012 under NONPROFITS

Ali Benjamin is a writer and documentarian working in the groove between sustainable food activism and anti-hunger advocacy.  Her 2011 book, The Cleaner Plate Club, provides practical recipes for parents seeking independence from prepackaged...

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Baxter Community Center greenhouse cultivates healthier, friendlier community

by (jtstoner)

Submitted 07-09-2012 under LOCAL LIFE

A recent Kent County Health Department food security assessment revealed that the Baxter neighborhood qualifies as a food desert. Though “food desert” might evoke Lawrence of Arabia-esque imagery of a lone figure traversing an ocean of...

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Uptown Kitchen: Cooking up a small business

by (Chelsea)

Submitted 11-11-2011 under INNOVATION-SPOTLIGHT

Kelly LeCoy recently graduated from Calvin College with a business and marketing degree. For her final thesis project before graduating last May, LeCoy drafted a business plan for a community commercial kitchen space to help local businesses grow...

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Start a Canvolution: Host a Canning Party

by (LisaRoseGR)

Submitted 08-31-2011 under LOCAL LIFE

The canning bug is sweeping across America!  The last time canning was this popular was during WWII as women canned harvests from their Victory Gardens to win the war.  Today, people across the country are re-finding the joy and benefits...

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[MIDTOWN] Couple's documentation shows shopping local does not need to be costly

by (dennetmint)

Submitted 08-11-2010 under LOCAL LIFE

Rice, canned beans, eggs, sweet potatoes, carrots, cheese, bread and El Matador tortilla chips. These are common items in Amanda Narvaes and Josh Dunigan's pantry, and if they are staples on your shopping list, the couple will tell you it does not...

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The Local Beet Farmer Feature: Mud Lake Farm

by (LisaRoseGR)

Submitted 05-03-2010 under LOCAL LIFE

Mud Lake Farm: Going Beyond SaladSituated in between the gentle, sloping hills of the quietude of Hudsonville's farmland - just 20 minutes from Grand Rapids' bustling downtown - is Mud Lake Farm. Mud Lake, a farm that has been in the Van Haitsma...

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The Local Beet: Growing a crop of smart, healthy Grand Rapidians

by (LisaRoseGR)

Submitted 04-05-2010 under OPINION

Food, food, food – the topic of food has hit mainstream. Many of us have heard of the latest food blockbuster, Food Inc., listened to food expert Michael Pollan on Oprah, or have heard the British super chef Jamie Oliver, who is looking to remake...

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