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Upcoming Events:
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  • 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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Fair Food Matters students in the garden

2014 Sponsor-A-Gardener Campaign

At last, it's spring! The change in seasons brings new growth and our annual Sponsor-a-Gardener campaign. Please consider sponsoring a student in the garden or a thematic garden bed today! Visit our Growing Matters Garden page to learn more or to make an online donation.

Now Hiring: Harvest Fest Coordinator

Fair Food Matters is hiring a Program Coordinator for the Southwest Michigan Community Harvest Fest. The Harvest Fest Program Coordinator will assist in the planning and execution of the annual Southwest Michigan Community Harvest Fest (September 21, 2014). This is a seasonal (April through September), part-time position of approximately 5 hours per week. Click on the following links for more information:

Harvest Fest Program Coordinator Job Description

Application Form

Collecting Kitchen Gadgets until May 2nd

colorful kitchen gadgetsIt’s a perfect time to de-clutter your kitchen. We’ll turn your unwanted kitchen gadgets and whoozywhatsits into support for local food entrepreneurs of the Can-Do Kitchen. More information here.

3rd Annual Kitchen Gadget Garage Sale

Saturday, May 3rd, 8:00 – 1:00 at the Can-Do Kitchen (511 Harrison)

Find treasures and support local food entrepreneurs at the same time! Rain or shine, make the kitchen gadget garage sale part of your sunny, Saturday, spring morning. Our kitchen will be full of new, used, funky, antique, mystery, and useful utensils, pots & pans, dishes, baking supplies, glasses & mugs, juicers, blenders and more! The sale will also feature some of the talented Can-Do Kitchen cooks and bakers handing out tastes of their goods. All proceeds go toward the Can-Do Kitchen. More information here.

Fair Food Matters Awards Business Builder Scholarships to Local Food Entrepreneurs

Fair Food Matters is thrilled to announce the recipients of its first round of Business Builder Scholarships, giving a needed boost to business-ready local food entrepreneurs with marketable product ideas. The scholarships are designed to assist low-income individuals by providing access to startup funds and use of food incubation services through the organization's Can-Do Kitchen. Funding is provided by Community Development Block Grant funds (administered through the City of Kalamazoo) and a LISC (Local Initiatives Support Corporation) recoverable grant.

We are in the process of selecting the final three recipients

The first Business Builder Scholarship recipients hail from the Northside, West Douglass, Edison, and Milwood neighborhoods and have strong ties to the City of Kalamazoo. Bringing a variety of foods to the table, each business owner also plans to incorporate Michigan-grown and produced ingredients in their products. Blanca Cardoza will offer three savory and sweet salsas for Kalamazoo's taste buds through her business startup, Fiesta by Blanca. Shashu Wells of Shae's Healthy Choice is focusing on herb mixes for healthy soups and dry mix for her special cornbread. Meka Philips offers Dessert First, with a variety of tasty cupcakes and cakes. Remi Harrington looks to the food needs of single moms and families with prepared healthy, soulful, and affordable meals.

More information here.

Fair Food Matters 2013 Annual Report

2013 Annual Report

Our Annual Report for the 2013 calendar year is now available. We enjoyed the opportunity to reflect on the last 12 months of programs and we hope that you find joy and inspiration when you have a chance to read it.Click here to view or download the report.

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.