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Partner Content A father selects fresh-picked radishes at a local farm stand.

Creating sustainable, local food systems through food policy councils

This article is the second in a two-part series about food policy councils and how SNAP-Ed can help to inform that work. 

Partner Content Families enjoying fresh fruits and vegetables at a local farm stand.

The intersection of communities, educators, and food policy councils for just, healthy food systems

A food policy council can influence, improve, or remove barriers in the food system that cause disparities, inequities, poor nutrition, or economic hardships. 

Feature Story Grand Haven resident Sophia Lonnee found the Automotive Tech Job Training Program at GRCC to be the right fit.  

GRCC automotive program gives Grand Haven grad opportunity to shift gears

Sophia Lonnee shares how she decided that GRCC’s hands-on training program was the best fit for her after graduating from Grand Haven High School.  

Feature Story Holland Mayor Nathan Bocks, right, and Holland residents scrub 8th Street in downtown Holland before the   Tulip Time Festival’s Volksparade on May 14. 

Holland’s Tulip Time Festival makes a strong comeback

Holland historian J.R. Valderas documents how Holland’s iconic Tulip Time Festival made a full recovery after the pandemic, with visitors experiencing innovative programming and an unexpected heat wave.

Feature Story Windmill Island Gardens is extending its 2021 season.

Michigan State University and Windmill Island Gardens partner to offer gardening classes

MSU-extension needed a garden space to show off its Smart Gardening campaign. Windmill Island Gardens needed to renovate its neglected butterfly garden. Together, the partners are sharing gardening knowledge with the Lakeshore community.

Feature Story Sarah Sass

Muskegon professionals find success, happiness close to home

Why are professionals choosing to live in Muskegon? Lake Michigan beaches, bike trails, great restaurants, and an inclusive community, they say.

Feature Story The test kitchen highlights open spaces under the counter and sink for chairs or wheelchairs, lowered ovens, and cabinets with pull-down wire shelving.

Community, inclusion inspire new Home Accessibility Center to support those with disabilities

A new Home Accessibility Center will serve as a showroom to give contractors and families a place to learn how existing kitchens, bathrooms, and other rooms can be renovated to ensure those with disabilities can continue living at home.

Feature Story Jennifer Pascua

Museum celebrates Asian Pacific American Heritage Month with May program

The Holland Museum is spotlighting the experiences of five Asian and Pacific Islanders in West Michigan on May 19 as part of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month.  

Feature Story Students in grades six through nine can explore careers through hands-on activities.

Students can explore careers through hands-on summer experiences

Students in grades six through nine can explore careers through hands-on activities and tours during a series of summer camps offered by the GRCC Workforce Training team.

Feature Story Residents can purchase composting bags for $5 for one bag or $12 for three bags.

Ottawa County launches food composting program

Ottawa County’s new food composting program is the only local public health-led residential composting program of its kind in West Michigan.

Longform Dee Meux, a certified nursing assistant at Samaritas, wears Glass smart glasses.

Smart glasses help family caregivers connect to professional help for loved ones aging at home

Caring for an older relative despite having no formal caregiving training can be stressful, but a new pilot project in the Grand Rapids area is using smart glasses to help.

Feature Story Team members from Zeeland High School's robotics team — known as Built on Brains, or B.O.B. — were one of two teams to compete at the F.I.R.S.T. Robotics World Championship in Houston last month.

Robotics students are next tech workforce

Two area robotics teams competed at the F.I.R.S.T. Robotics state and world championships, but that's just the beginning. Many tech companies mentor the students now and seek them out when it comes time to hire later.

Feature Story Step it Up participants can join group walks like this one or participate in physical activity on their own.

10 ways to enjoy the outdoors in Ottawa County Parks this month

Get outdoors this month with the Ottawa County Parks Department! Everything from birding to kayaking to bald eagle viewing are up for grabs.

Feature Story A recent study found there are 411,000 fewer available homes for sale for a household earning $75,000 to $100,000 compared to pre-pandemic.

New homebuyers prepare for a ‘hot’ housing market this summer

Housing trends in West Michigan reflect a nationwide trend. A recent study found there are 411,000 fewer available homes for sale for a household earning $75,000 to $100,000 compared to pre-pandemic.

Feature Story Jocelyn Hines (right) poses with her parents (left) and Gov. Gretchen Whitmer after Hines received the 2019 Youth Volunteer of the Year award.

MSU grad launches Muskegon Young Black Professionals to support community

Muskegon native and MSU grad Jocelyn Hines was inspired to launch Muskegon Young Black Professionals after seeing a similar networking organization in Detroit.

Longform Students at North Elementary School in Birch Run participate in an InPACT physical activity break.

New program helps Michigan kids maximize physical activity in the classroom

A program called InPACT offers schools strategies that deliver 20 minutes of daily physical activity in the classroom.

Feature Story Ferry and Voyager students are learning about botany and native plant species at The City Farmer.

Ferry-Voyager students partner with Grand Haven area businesses

Grand Haven Area Public Schools’ Ferry and Voyager elementary students are learning about their community by working with area businesses.  

Feature Story Blue Star Trail is a nearly 20-mile recreational trail, connecting South Haven to Saugatuck. 

Foundation grants support placemaking in rural communities

Allegan County Community Foundation recently awarded $335,000 in grants. Some of the funding will support community-building projects in rural areas.

Feature Story Ottawa County Land Use Specialist Andrew Roszkowski discusses broadband data mapping opportunities during "Ottawa Online" on Thursday, April 21, 2022, at the Ottawa County Administration Building in West Olive. (Rich C. Lakeberg/Ottawa County)

Ottawa County’s digital inclusion strategy begins with survey to understand digital divide

More than 10% of Ottawa county residents don’t have access to high-speed internet, according to the results of an Ottawa County's broadband data collection survey.

Feature Story A student takes part in GRCC's free college prep summer program. (GRCC/Steve Jessmore)

GRCC’s free summer program prepares new high school grads for college success

A free Grand Rapids Community College summer program for graduating high school seniors is aimed at boosting foundational math and reading skills and preparing them for success.