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New to a CSA? A Personal Tale

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Hi everyone! Sarah here. First time blogger for Slow Food West Michigan, long time eater.  This past winter I decided that I wanted to find a CSA to participate in. I love the idea of supporting my local food network and doing my part to ease the incredible burden on our environment, and I really…

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Grant Highlight | Beverly Bryan Community Orchard

One of our 2018 Biodiversity Grand Awardees was The City of Wyoming Tree Commission; “The Tree Amigos”. They did an outstanding job of researching their project to provide the West Michigan community with more heirloom variety trees there were sustainably sourced. This project is directly impacting the devolopment and education of students in food insecure areas…

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Sovengard: A Grand Rapids Snail Blazer!

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Exciting News: 2018 Snail Blazer award was bestowed upon The Sovengard. What is the Snail Blazer? This is the first of an annual award granted to a leader in the farm-to-table community whose dedication to sustainability and to transforming the food system captures the spirit of Slow Food. When choosing a Snail Blazer we look…

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Slow Food Nations 2018 Recap

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I knew Slow Food Nations would be a party, and not a party that was lacking in libations. The decorations hung over Larimer Street in downtown Denver, Colorado made this clear. Bright colors were everywhere and gaggles of people moved leisurely through the avenues, stopping to chat, sample, and connect. What I didn’t realize was…

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Restoring Cultural Traditions

We’d like to introduce Green Wagon Farm, an eighteen-acre, certified-organic vegetable farm in Ada, Michigan. Green Wagon carries out the Slow Food ethos in all aspects of production, selling their produce directly to consumers through a Summer & Year-Round Farm-Share (CSA program) and at the Fulton St. Market every Saturday. Visit the farm on June…

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2018 Biodiversity Mico-Grant Awardees!

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Please join us in congratulating our 2018 awardees. These grants will be supporting the production of heirloom varieties and heritage breeds. Full Hollow Farm is a small certified organic vegetable farm located in Belding, MI.  They use earth-friendly, sustainable growing practices, encourage biodiversity, and focus on the health of the soil. They offer CSA memberships and…

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2017 Biodiversity Grant Spotlight | Blandford Nature Center

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In their initial grant application, they proposed to increase the biodiversity on the farm through planting and maintaining a native fruit and nut grove. They proposed that they would plant 10 Paw Paws, 10 American Hazelnut, 5 Persimmon, and 5 American Chestnut.  Since this plan centered on the idea of creating a living, native, edible…

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2017 Biodiversity Grant Spotlight | Plainsong Farm

Plainsong Farm Heirloom Wheat

Plainsong Farm received the 2017 Biodiversity Micro-Grant to grow and distribute a 1⁄4 acre of heirloom Turkey Red wheat. During the Spring and Summer seasons they prepared the planting area with selective tilling to kill weeds and create an ideal seedbed. In late September the farm had a wheat planting event where 29 volunteers helped to plant 35…

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Sanctuary Restaurants Offer A Place at the Table for All


A new sanctuary movement is developing in the food world By Alex Gillett In the past year, amid the politics and controversies, the Sanctuary City movement has been all over the news— mayors from cities like L.A. and Chicago declared their cities Sanctuary Cities stating they would not cooperate with the federal government’s immigration enforcement…

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2017 Micro-Grant Awardees Announced

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Preserving biodiversity is critical to protecting our ecosystems and ensuring the security of our local food system. We are so thankful for your support and donations that allow us to support local growers and promote biodiversity on their farms through the Biodiversity Micro-Grant. We are grateful to all of the outstanding applications we received from local farmers.…

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