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Rapid Growth and Issue Media Group join Michigan Press Association

IMG's membership will more than double the number of online-only news organizations accepted into the 150-year-old organization.

Revolution Farms

Disrupting big agriculture means taking your crops indoors: West Mich. growers show us how

With new techniques like hydroponics and aquaponics — as well as carefully curated hoop houses — these futuristic farmers are closing the gap for fresh, home-grown, diverse produce and redefining farm-to-fork for a new generation.

Yoga in the park in Dexter.

How Michigan's place-based initiatives are addressing health equity at a regional level

These initiatives forge private-public collaborations to create systemic improvements in health and wellness across multiple counties.

Robert Barnes

RapidChat: Robert Barnes on the inspiring work of older adults and the community that supports them

Senior Neighbors helps older adults connect to local services. Not only that, but "Older adults are an important part of the fabric of our community, but outside the need to offer some of them assistance, they often go unrecognized," emphasizes President of Senior Neighbors, Robert Barnes — who established the annual "16 over 60 Awards Gala" to celebrate achievements and contributions later in life.


Why a store on the corner doesn't always mean healthy food on the table

In Michigan cities, corner grocery stores don’t always increase access to healthy produce. In Detroit and Flint, some researchers are taking a closer look at customer service as a barrier to food access.


Rapid Blog: Attorney Belinda Orozco's passion to serve unaccompanied migrant children

Belinda Orozco, Staff Attorney with Michigan Immigrant Rights Center’s Grand Rapids office, speaks about her own experience separated from her family while in custody of U.S. Customs and Border Patrol.


Michigan food hubs make hospital food and the local food economy healthier

In Battle Creek and Kalamazoo, food hubs are getting locally-grown foods into the cafeterias and onto the trays of Bronson Hospital. At the same time, they’re supporting local farming economies and healthy communities.


Breaking the cycle of homelessness: Dirt City Sanctuary's community-centered recovery philosophy

Dirt City Sanctuary aims to care for individuals experiencing substance use disorders and homelessness by providing housing, jobs, community, and individualized support.


Diversity is our strength: GR receives grant to create welcoming task force for new Americans

New American Economy and Welcoming America recently awarded the City of Grand Rapids with a matching $12,500 grant to create a welcoming task force dedicated to researching the best ways to support new Americans in our community.


G-sync: Ripples of change happen as Marlee Grace circulates back to Grand Rapids for a year

Brain circulation (or better known as the act of leaving, learning from outside, and then (possibly) returning) is a popular emerging topic within circles trying to solve the talent crisis locally. Publisher Tommy Allen sits down with Marlee Grace to talk about her former life here, her adventures on the road, the release of her new book, and an artist residency program.

Zachary Pisciotta

RapidChat: Zachary Pisciotta of Green Wagon Farm talks pizza, vegetables, and farm-to-table dining

"I guess for romantic purposes you could say it was always within me," mentions Zachary Pisciotta, Former Executive Chef of Reserve Wine & Food, when asked about how he became a chef. Now serving as Harvest Manager and resident farm-dinner coordinator at Green Wagon Farm, Zach is experiencing the "Farm-to-Table" phenomenon from both ends of the spectrum.


Advocating for the Latinx business community: How one organization supports economic growth

Having personally experienced challenges finding quality employment and getting connected when he moved to Grand Rapids 10 years ago, West Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Guillermo Cisneros is now forging partnerships within West Michigan to help educate and empower the Latinx business community.


En defensa de la comunidad empresarial latinx: Como un organizacion apoya crecimiento economico

Después de haber experimentado personalmente los desafíos para encontrar un buen empleo y hace los necesarios contactos cuando se mudó a Grand Rapids hace 10 años, director ejecutivo de la Cámara de Comercio Hispana del Oeste de Michigan, Guillermo Cisneros ahora está apoyando organizaciones en West Michigan para ayudar a educar y empoderar a la comunidad empresarial latinx.

Dawn Powell, director of the Sanford Activity and Dining Center in Midland.

These initiatives are improving Michigan seniors' health by making sure they're not alone

Social isolation and loneliness can have serious negative impacts on older adults' health, but efforts around the state are working to connect seniors to their communities and the resources available to them.


In early childhood centers, food education is hands-on

Some Michigan early childhood centers teach children the value of fresh food through hands-on gardening. From hoophouse to garden bed, these centers are planting the seeds of healthy eating for kids and their families.

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