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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Food access crisis affects Grand Rapids

by (marieroper)

Submitted 05-04-2012 under LOCAL LIFE

By: Marie Roper, Naomi Jackins, Taylor Libolt, Katie Burkley, and Amanda Granger Over the past 50 years, access to healthy food has become more dispersed due to urban sprawl and the development of mega-grocery stores. These mega-grocery stores tend...

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Exotic and Interesting: Orchid Show on display this weekend

by (Roberta F. King)

Submitted 01-25-2012 under LOCAL LIFE

Just when you thought January could not be any more grey, cold or unpredictable, the Grand Valley Orchid Society and the Frederik Meijer Gardens offer up a bright breath of beauty with the 14th annual orchid show. The show is held in the Grand Room...

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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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From the garden: Harvesting your own hyper-local herbal apothecary

by (LisaRoseGR)

Submitted 06-13-2011 under LOCAL LIFE

For many, the term herbal apothecary evokes images of shelves, bottles and jars all filled with mysterious herbs and herbal formulas from exotic plants. But to have an herbal apothecary, plants need not be exotic or mysterious - in fact, as more and...

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Fulton St. Farmer's Market opening day

by (Jessica Ennis)

Submitted 05-07-2011 under LOCAL LIFE

Winter is over: this is the message reverberating off sidewalks and garages surrounding the Midtown neighborhood as couples, families, dogs, cyclists and tons and tons of babies crowd the sidewalks. They came to the opening day at Fulton Street...

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First 5x5 Event: Fire and Knife is the Big Winner

by (Roberta F. King)

Submitted 02-23-2011 under NEWS

"Relax." said Rick DeVos "This is not a competition, this isn't about business ideas and it is not a pitch night." DeVos' own latest idea, 5x5 Night drew a crowd of about 200 interested people who packed the Grand Rapids Art Museum's auditorium to...

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[MIDTOWN] Midtown Community Garden a part of urban revitalization efforts

by (MidtownGR)

Submitted 08-06-2010 under NONPROFITS

Seated in the center of Holland NE is a community garden unfurling in leafy greens and bright yellow blossoms. Sandwiched between two houses and their respective bull dogs, Midtown Community Garden boasts four types of squash, cucumbers,...

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