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Volunteer Day at Earthkeeper Farm

The sun was hot but a cool breeze mitigated some of its effect as we bent over the rows of reedy garlic plants. Rachelle, the owner of Earthkeeper Farm, a USDA Organic and Snail of Approval certified farm in Kent City, MI, had already gone through the rows and “forked” them, loosening the soil around…

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Wild Mitten Honeybee Co-op

Bees are an integral part of our food system. Yet, in recent years, disturbing things have happened to bees.  Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD), a mysterious disease that decimates entire hives, has become rampant in our bee populations. Scientists theorize that this is due to increased pesticide use, mono-cultures, and the way bees are treated in…

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2015 Biodiversity Micro-Grant Awardees

We are thrilled to announce the awardees for the Biodiversity Micro-Grants! Thanks to your support and donations to Slow Food West Michigan, we are able to locally fund this awesome program. Schuler Farms will be growing an heirloom variety of potato called Laratte French Fingerling. “This particular variety is rare and sought after by many…

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Book Club Favorites

Slow Food West Michigan Book Club

We hope that you are able to carve out a bit of time to enjoy some of the books listed below. These are some of our book club favorites. Educating on food sustainability, cooking techniques, conviviality, and more! A random selection of books we have read so far: Food Matters: A Guide to Conscious Eating…

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Encourage Biodiversity

Thank you Local First for featuring an article about our Biodiversity Micro Grant! “Slow Food West Michigan recently announced the recipients of its inaugural Biodiversity Micro-Grants. The grants provide funding to small-scale farmers cultivating heirloom varieties and heritage breeds, and are in the amount of $200 to $500. Slow Food strives to preserve our food…

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