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Purple corn and "ugly" vegetables: How neighbors build sustainable urban farms

By building urban farms, two women in two different Michigan communities recognize the power of hard work, culturally-appropriate foods, sustainability ... and why even ugly vegetables deserve to be eaten.

Whitney Griffin.

These Detroiters are introducing newcomers to their city – via text

The new Text a Detroiter service from the Detroit Regional Chamber lets people submit questions about the area to local experts who respond directly through a messaging platform.

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Urban Michigan initiatives recognize racism as major factor in infant and maternal mortality

Statewide, Black babies are three times more likely to die in their first year of life than white babies. But those statistics are even more alarming in many of Michigan's urban centers. Here are a few of the Michigan organizations are working to improve these numbers.

 Zena Patillo

Embracing diversity of thought, culture, and experience: One business owner's perspective

Detroit-native and small business owner Zena Patillo shares her story of overcoming obstacles, building social capital, and pushing for continued growth. She shares insights on the changes she’s seen over the past 30 years, as well as opportunities for further advancement when it comes to intentional inclusion within the community.

 Zena Patillo

Abrazando la diversidad de pensamiento, la cultura, y las experiencias: Una perspectiva

Zena Patillo, dueña de una pequeña empresa y nativa de Detroit, comparte su historia de cómo ha podido superar obstáculos, construir capital social e impulsar el crecimiento continuo de su negocio. Ella nos comparte información sobre los cambios que ha visto en los últimos 30 años, así como las oportunidades que existen para un mayor avance cuando se trata con real intención la inclusión dentro de la comunidad.

Ray Kisor

Rapid Blog: Ray Kisor on the past, present, and future of real estate in Grand Rapids

How did Grand Rapids reach this stage of rapid construction and real estate development? Ray Kisor, Principal Partner with PURE Real Estate Brokerage, discusses the recent history of GR real estate in this Rapid Blog.


Across Michigan, neighbors build nutrition literacy and food security

A battery of initiatives across Michigan are working to reverse food insecurity. We share stories of how neighbors in Grand Rapids, Detroit, and across the state are learning about the sustainable value of healthy, locally grown foods.

Annie Paul

Rapid Chat: Annie Paul on bakeries, competition, and better baked goods

From bakeries specializing in distinct diets, to shops mastering the art of the perfect croissant; there seems to be a rising trend of sweets and savory specialty bakeries within Grand Rapids, MI. It's a niche market that takes not only passion — but patience — which can be learned through the lens of pastry chef Annie Paul.

Composting saves on food waste and creates value in quality soil.

UIX: The regional business forum driving sustainability on a national scale

About 132,000 tons of food waste winds up in West Michigan landfills every year. The number is even higher for plastics and inorganic waste. Members of the West Michigan Sustainable Business Forum are working together to drive that number down to zero.

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Local Rosa Parks Essay Winner explores stopping bullying and championing others

The City of Grand Rapids Community Relations Commission’s Rosa Parks Education Committee encourages students in grades 7 to 12 to write an essay about how to live out Mrs. Parks’ legacy by stepping outside of the bounds of their reality, taking risks, and shaping lives to make a difference.


Food policy councils drive change in Michigan communities

From establishing equitable policies to planning farmers market events, the food policy council is a support system for the local food economy. Detroit and Washtenaw councils work locally and collaborate to address statewide issues, too.

FT Amanda Seales

Laughter is the best medicine: LaughFest offers wide array of performances, venues in 9th year

Designed by a nonprofit that provides cancer and grief support programs for adults and children, LaughFest, containing over 100 events each year and attracting talent from across the country, has been a mainstay in comedy and comical performances for almost a decade.

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When it comes to self-care in Grand Rapids, you finally have plenty of options

In a city centered around food, beverage, art, and entertainment, there are more and more businesses emerging that are encouraging GR residents to slow down.


Year-round produce cultivates employment, food access, and economy in Michigan

Innovative methods in growing and preserving Michigan food boost the local food economy — and not just during traditional growing seasons. See how Michigan businesses capitalize on farm-quality produce year-round.

Michigan Health Council's Mini Medical School.

Health literacy initiatives help Michiganders and their doctors speak each other's language

Although almost everyone has experienced not understanding their doctor, health literacy issues may be especially pronounced for refugees, youth, and disadvantaged communities.
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