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Grand Rapids' food scene is bursting with local flavor. Farmers, teachers, chefs and activists are taking back their foodways and serving up the fresh, healthful fruits of their labor. Author Lisa Rose Starner captures the essence of the growing food movement in Grand Rapids and the rugged individuals who are tilling the soil, growing food and launching successful food businesses while powering community change--one garden, one backyard, one block, one store, one plate of food, cup of coffee and mug of beer at a time.
About the Author
Lisa Rose Starner, champion of Grand Rapids food, is an urban farmer, herbalist, forager and wildcrafter. She has volunteered with Alice Water's Edible Schoolyard and is an advocate for the locavore life in Michigan.
Table of Contents
1 The Grand Rapids Food Revolution 17
2 Designing Place: Planning for Diversity in the Urban Garden 21
3 Feeding the Movement: Farms and Tables 33
4 Tilling and Trailblazing: Future Food Artisans 45
5 Liquid Culture 55
6 To Market, To Market: Markets for a Twenty-First-Century Food System 73
7 Setting a Place at the Table: Ensuring Good Food for All 85
8 Growing a Bumper Crop of Smart, Healthy Kids 95
Epilogue. Sowing Hope for the Future 103
About the Author 109