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Upcoming Events:
    For more information please visit our calendar
  • April 3: 11am Borgess Farmers' Market
  • April 3: 7pm Food Security of Food Justice: Does it Really Matter? Karika Phillips, Kalamazoo County Center for Health Equity @ Bronson Hospital, Gilmore Center for Health Education
  • April 8: 7pm Farmer's Market 101. Learn about your local farmer's markets. @ Kalamazoo Public Library, Central Branch
  • April 10: 3pm Container Gardening. Learn how to plant a vegetable or herb garden in limited space. @ Kalamazoo Public Library Oshtemo Branch
  • April 15: 7pm Meet the Author Novella Carpenter, author of Farm City: The Education of an Urban Farmer @ Kalamazoo Central High School Auditorium
  • April 16: 1:15pm Campus visit Novella Carpenter, author of Farm City: The Education of an Urban Farmer @ Kalamazoo College Light Fine Arts Building
  • April 17: 11am Borgess Farmers' Market

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About Fair Food Matters

Fair Food Matters was founded in 2001 because the people of our community deserve information that helps us make good choices about how we feed ourselves. Today we are forging new community relationships as well as expanding our message and our programs. Click here to see our 2009 Strategic Plan.

Our mission: To improve access to healthy, local food by educating, connecting, and empowering the Kalamazoo community.

Our vision: We envision thriving communities growing and distributing safe, nutritious, locally produced foods that foster healthy communities, environments, and economies.

Our board: The following people are currently guiding Fair Food Matters in its mission and vision:

  • Ashley Bishop, Chair
  • Jenny Rubbelke, Treasurer
  • Aliisa Lahti, Secretary
  • Melody Daacon
  • Grant Fletcher
  • Krystal Gast
  • Jillian Green
  • Kharen Shelton
  • Rafael Wolf

If you are interested in joining our board, please download a Board Member Application here and email or print to mail to us (also available in .pdf format).

We welcome public comments at our board meetings, which take place the second Tuesday of each month from 6-7:30pm. Board meetings are located in the Bronson Gilmore Center for Health Education, 7 Healthcare Plaza Kalamazoo, MI 49007.

Our staff: The following people are working to realize the vision of Fair Food Matters:

Volunteer Opportunities

There are several ways you can help us build community around food and food systems. From gardening to office tasks to assisting with exciting FFM projects, you'll have a great time being useful. Find out more about volunteering with Fair Food Matters, as well as other ways you can help us fulfill our mission. If you have something in mind that you'd like to do for us, or if you want to investigate our needs, please visit our support page.

Programs and Partnerships:
  • Can-Do Kitchen
    A commercial kitchen and business incubation for small food businesses.
  • Common Ground: Kalamazoo Community Garden Network
    A network of individuals and organizations working to support community gardens throughout Kalamazoo County.
  • Douglass Farmers' Market
    Greet friends and neighbors at this market on the north side of town featuring local producers.
  • Good Food Kalamazoo
    A collaboration among individuals and organizations working toward a healthy local food system in Kalamazoo County to engage and empower our community to provide itself with food that is healthy, green, fair, and affordable.
  • Growing Matters Garden
    Kids get their hands dirty and learn a lot with our educational gardening project.
  • Southwest Michigan Community Harvest Fest
    Celebrate local food, local farming, and sustainable living with great speakers, music and more.