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Fresh Beets

Produce with a purpose: Local CSAs target low-access communities and empower youth

The impact of CSAs can be seen at the national level, and Grand Rapids is no stranger to impact of these community endeavors. Local CSAs like Fresh Beets and New City Farms are being intentional when determining where to break ground and what communities to serve.

Ypsilanti Mobile Farm Stand patron Robert Henderson.

Fresh food is a luxury, but these programs are making it more accessible to all

Through mobile farm stands, education programs, and creating a "food sovereign city," organizations in communities across Michigan are helping to close the gap when it comes to what we eat.

gardens

UIX: Grand Rapids residents are growing stronger communities through gardening

Neighborhood gardens provide space for food to grow, for new skills to sprout, and most of all, for individuals to realize the power they have in their own communities. Though they may support similar crops every season, each space provides a unique definition of what it means to get involved and grow.

FT Zeeland Farm Services

Zeeland Farm Services: The family-owned company quietly conquering midwestern agri-business

By focusing on their mission of food for people, prioritizing local partners, and producing sustainable alternatives like bioplastics, Zeeland Farm Services will soon be processing half the soybeans grown in the state.

fulton heights

Neighborhoods of GR: The quiet buzz of Fulton Heights

It might be mostly residential, but don't call it sleepy. The neighborhood of Fulton Heights, tucked neatly on the edges of Eastown, Midtown, and Michigan Oaks, has a charm that is quietly buzzing beneath the surface.
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