gardening

Heritage Hill Garden Tour highlights diverse neighborhood gardens

by (Lindsay Fischer)

Submitted 07-16-2014 under LOCAL LIFE

The seventh annual Heritage Hill Garden Tour, a walking tour of private gardens in the neighborhood, was open to the public on July 12. Since it began, the garden tour has alternated every year between the north and south districts of the...

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The importance of healthy insects

by (crestongr)

Submitted 06-17-2014 under NONPROFITS

By: Caroline       Most of us have probably heard about the dramatic decline of the bee population. More recently the sudden decline in the monarch population has also been in the news, but what about the health of other...

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Plant sale to help fund Well House projects

by (erictank)

Submitted 05-13-2014 under NEWS

On Saturday, May 17 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Well House will be hosting its second annual plant sale located at 600 Cass Avenue SE. There will be over 1,000 plants available to choose from with varieties ranging from heirloom tomatoes to herbs. All...

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Brewery Vivant to host "Beer the Change" celebration

by (HGrzych)

Submitted 03-25-2014 under NEWS

On Sunday, March 30, Brewery Vivant will welcome the community to participate in their annual “Beer the Change” event. The brewery’s visual sustainability report will be presented visually and interactively featuring a...

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Horticulturist to teach small space growing methods

by (HGrzych)

Submitted 03-14-2014 under LOCAL LIFE

On Saturday, Flowerland in Kentwood will host a free lecture and discussion with horticulturist Stacey Hirvela entitled "Edible Spots and Pots: Small-Space Gardens for Growing Vegetables and Herbs in Containers, Raised Beds and More" based...

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Tree House Community Garden nestles in to Baxter neighborhood

by (erictank)

Submitted 10-01-2013 under NEWS

Since 2012 the Tree House Community Garden has been providing Baxter neighbors with access to growing their own fresh food and a safe haven for folks to gather together. Matthew Fowler, along with wife Kristin Fowler and their friends, started the...

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Our Fresh Local envisions community gardens, energy efficient housing

by (erictank)

Submitted 08-27-2013 under INNOVATION-SPOTLIGHT

Our Fresh Local founder Jenny Bongiorno has big plans for the edification of Grand Rapids neighborhoods. She envisions a community that is eager to participate in growing and harvesting its own food. Her farming experience has taken her to Costa...

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How to grow food successfully: it can't be that hard!

by (heatherhughesian)

Submitted 06-04-2013 under OPINION

I navigate life by the motto, “It can’t be that hard!” Roast coffee? “It can’t be that hard!” Rewire the electrical? “It can’t be that hard!” Build a deck? “It can’t be that hard!...

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Panel discussion focuses on community gardening in Grand Rapids

by (Allison Arnold)

Submitted 03-07-2013 under LOCAL LIFE

In February, the WMEAC Film Series presented "Urban Roots," a documentary on the urban farming phenomenon in Detroit. The film covers the plight of post-industrial Detroit, specifically a decreasing population and scarcity of fresh food...

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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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