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Foraging and Cultivating of Fungi

There is more to mushrooms than your average portobello! Each week, the owner of Mycophile’s Garden, Chris Swinson, fills his table with a rainbow of fungi at the Fulton St Farmers Market in Grand Rapids. All of the delicious mushrooms were either cultivated by Swinson, other local mushroom growers like Bankson Lake Farm, or foraged […]

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Crop Spot: Tomatoes

It’s tomato season and tomatoes are everywhere! There are dozens of varieties of tomatoes, and they come in all shapes, sizes, and colors—even purple! Easy to grow and even easier to eat in a variety of different ways, Tomato season is certainly something to celebrate!

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2020 Michigan Good Food Summit: Moving Forward with Equity and Resilience

Since 2010, people across the state and country have gathered at the Michigan Good Food Summit to network, share, reflect, and learn about good food work happening in Michigan. This year, the 2020 Michigan Good Food Summit will be a series of virtual gatherings bringing together people from across the state to celebrate achievements and […]

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Detroit Food Academy Goes Virtual!

Detroit Food Academy, a non-profit that teaches youth about food, cooking, and leadership, will host their after school and Advanced Leadership programs virtually this school year. Through a series of culinary-based leadership programs, DFA inspires countless young Detroiters to become well-rounded leaders through their exploration in food justice, nutrition, business, and entrepreneurship. Students are even […]

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Black Lives Matter : Outlining our Commitments

Taste the Local Difference is Michigan’s local food marketing firm. Our mission at TLD is to create a more connected local food system and we acknowledge that the local and good movements we work in are rooted in, and built upon, the work of BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color). We acknowledge that, as […]

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Crop Spot: Mushrooms

Did you know that there are three main types of mushrooms? Saprophytic (the kind most commonly grown), parasitic, and mycorrhizal. Saprophytic mushrooms eat dead and decomposing matter, parasitic mushrooms feed on (and kill)l living trees, and mycorrhizal mushrooms live in a symbiotic (mutually beneficial) relationship with living trees. In the Garden: Mushroom cultivation methods vary […]

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Growing a Local Garden

Amid the COVID-19 crisis, gardening seems more popular than ever before. With all sectors of the country experiencing some troubles related to food, many are taking action in their yards and communities to take control of their own food supply. And that chain does not get any shorter than from your own backyard to plate. […]

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