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New to a CSA? A Personal Tale

swiss chard from csa

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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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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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

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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

schuler farms garlic

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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2016 Volunteer Days

Slow Food West Michigan had a very productive 2016 Volunteer Day Series! If you want to stay up to date on upcoming volunteer opportunities, contact us today to join our volunteer mailing list! May 19th we had the pleasure of working with the team at Urban Roots. Volunteers were able to help set up trellising and plant…

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Heritage Bourbon Red Turkey

THIS GIVEAWAY HAS BEEN CLOSED AS OF NOVEMBER 7TH. CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR WINNER! HAPPY THANKSGIVING!! Lubber’s Family Farm has generously donated one of their heritage breed Bourbon Red turkeys to Slow Food West Michigan. We are extremely thankful to our community for your continued support, donations, time, and input throughout the year. You are the…

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2016 Micro-Grant Awardees Announced

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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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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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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