Sunday, April 19, 2009

Earth Day Celebration at Aquinas College

The Earth Day Celebration at Aquinas College in Grand Rapids will be held on Wednesday, April 22nd. The public is welcome to attend. Events will include a Farmer’s Market and a concert by Breathe Owl Breathe.

Earth Day Farmer’s Market

Time: 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Location: In front of the Wege Center at Aquinas College

Breathe Owl Breathe Concert

Time: 8:00 PM

Location: The Moose Café (located on the first floor of the cook Carriage House) at Aquinas College.

Cost: $5

Friday, April 17, 2009

First Annual Master Grilling Cook-Off!

The first annual Master Grilling Cook-Off will take place at Modern Hardware in Grand Rapids on Saturday, June 13. Click here to read more about the event.

Interested in becoming involved in the event? They're currently in need of the following:
  • 4-person grill teams
  • Live music and entertainment
  • Local artists
  • Restaurants/food vendors
  • Sponsors
  • Judges

For more information, please contact Rod Glupker at (616) 241-2655 or (616) 291-9558 or by email.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Urban Farming in Ypsilanti

The article, “Collective Efforts,” published in the Detroit Metro Times today describes one family’s quest toward producing sustainable agriculture by way of urban farming.

The article tells the story of Peter Thomason, who lives in downtown Ypsilanti. In his backyard, Thomason grows crops in a new greenhouse which was constructed using recycled materials. In addition, he has a small barn in his backyard which houses chickens, rabbits, and goats.

Click here to read the article.

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Extended Shopping Window

Due to the ordering period coinciding with Spring Break we have extended the shopping window for this month until Tuesday April 14th at midnight.

Pick up is on Earth Day, Wed. April 22nd, 5:45-8pm.

Happy Shopping!

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Volunteers Needed!

Help Promote the West Michigan Co-Op by Volunteering for an Event.

The word is getting out about the West Michigan Co-op and we've been invited to participate in a number of events over the next few months! These are great opportunities to inform people about the co-op and benefits of eating locally and supporting our local farmers and economy.

But we need your help!! Would you be willing to volunteer at one or more of these events? They each involve the WM Co-op having a table/booth to hand out pamphlets, talk about the co-op, and sell co-op T-shirts and bags. Two people will be scheduled for each shift.

The shift times vary, and feel free to offer to work a double (the shifts aren't very long)! :) I can provide you with further specifics on the event(s) that you are available to help with and any necessary information/training.

Many of these events need a commitment from us within the next couple weeks, so please let us know ASAP if you are willing to help out! Please respond to

  • When: Saturday April 18th
    What: Grand Rapids Public Library Indoor Farmers Market
    Where: Downtown Library
    Shifts: 10:00am - noon
    noon - 3:00pm

  • When: Saturday April 18th
    What: Kent District Library Green Living Fair
    Where: EGR Library
    Shifts: 10:00am - noon
    noon - 2:00pm

  • When: Sunday April 19th
    What: WMEAC Earth Week Expo - Richie Hovens concert
    Where: Fountain St. Church
    Shifts: 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    9:00pm - 10:00pm

  • When: Wednesday April 22nd
    What: Fishbeck, Thompson, Carr & Huber's Staff Earth Day Celebration
    Where: 1515 Arboretum Dr. SE
    Shift: 11:30am - 1:30pm

  • When: Wednesday April 29th
    What: Clark Retirement Village event
    Where: 2250 East Paris SE at their Cultural Center
    Shifts: 11:00am - 1:00pm
    1:00pm - 3:30pm

  • When: Thursday April 30th
    What: Lakeside Elementary Earth Week Local Business Expo
    Where: Lakeside Elementary School - 2325 Hall SE
    Shift: 8:30am - 9:30am

  • When: Wednesday May 20th
    What: State Farm Insurance Health & Fitness Day
    Where: TBA
    Shifts: 10:00am - noon
    noon - 2:30pm
    2:30pm - 5:00pm

  • When: Saturday June 20th
    What: Water Festival
    Where: Riverside Park
    Shifts: 10:30am - 12:30pm
    12:30pm - 2:30pm
    2:30pm - 4:30pm
    4:30pm - 6:30pm

Please respond to if you're interested in volunteering.