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Canning Classes at the Can-Do Kitchen and Tillers International

Whether you have yet to try canning, want to learn more about canning, or want to become a proficient canner, there is a place for you in our canning classes this summer. Try out the beginner classes in July at the Can-Do Kitchen then dive in for an intensive 2-day canning extravaganza in August at Tillers! All classes are taught by homesteader, aquafarmer, and master canner, Lori Evesque. She will walk you step by step through water bath and pressure canning, giving you the skills and confidence to safely preserve Southwest Michigan’s bounty for your family.

More information and registration here.

Garden Hop 2014: The Community Garden Tour

Thursday July 31 from 6-8:30pm. Starts from Riverview Launch (1523 Riverview Dr., Kalamazoo)

Take a guided tour of several community gardens in the Kalamazoo area with Common Ground and learn how these gardens are improving neighborhoods, building community, and encouraging healthy lifestyles in Kalamazoo. In addition to our tour guide there will be a garden member at each garden to answer specific questions.

The Tour is FREE, but you must REGISTER. For more information and to register click here.

Douglass Farmers' Market

Tuesdays from 3:00-6:00pm at the Douglass Community Association (1000 W. Paterson Street)

Help improve access to healthy, local food by supporting the newest farmers' market in Kalamazoo. Each week features family-oriented events and local vendors including produce from the Growing Matters Garden. We'd love to see you there! For more information about the market, click here.

Long Table Dinner

We held the first Long Table Dinner at the Kalamazoo Farmers' Market on Thursday, June 26 as a fundraiser for Fair Food Matters. It raised about $4,000 to improve access to healthy food in Kalamazoo. For details and photos, check out this article in the Kalamazoo Gazette.

Harvest Fest Seeking Volunteer

We are currently seeking a Volunteer Coordinator for our planning committee. Read full job descriptions and apply here.
Programs and Partnerships:
  • Can-Do Kitchen
    A commercial kitchen and business incubation for small food businesses.
  • Douglass Farmers' Market
    Greet friends and neighbors at this market on the north side of town featuring local producers.
  • 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.
  • Common Ground
    A network of individuals and organizations working to support community gardens throughout Kalamazoo County.
  • Good Food Kalamazoo
    A collaboration working to engage and empower our community to provide itself with food that is healthy, green, fair, and affordable.