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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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Eat Local, Kalamazoo!

Eat Local, Kalamazoo was one of Fair Food Matters' first programs. Since the local food movement has generated its own momentum in Kalamazoo, we've decided to redirect our limited time and resources towards strengthening our other programs and services. From cooking workshops to independent films about food, there are many exciting opportunities to take part in around town. Please visit the Fair Food Matters Events Calendar for more information.

Purchase a T-shirt

Help spread the word and show your support for Fair Food Matters with limited edition Eat Local Kalamazoo T-shirts. Check out available sizes and colors and order online.

Top 5 Reasons to Eat Local!

  1. Taste: Fresher is often better than produce that's traveled hundreds even thousands of miles. Or been bred and sprayed to travel.
  2. Economy: If Michigan residents spent $10/week on local foods, over $37 million/week would cycle back into our state. And supporting your local economy is just plain smart.
  3. Health: Variety and freshness equals nutrient power. Local foods also shorten the accountability chain and safeguard your health.
  4. Environment: Whats not to like about food requiring less fossil fuel and supporting sustainable farming?
  5. Community Spirit: You can find out who produced your food, where your food was produced, how it was produced and under what conditions. What you eat begins to have a story in which you take part - a story that includes growers, neighbors and friends.
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.