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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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Projects & Partnerships

In keeping with our mission, we have developed important partnerships and programs that further our goal of educating our community about food and food systems.

Growing matters

Growing Matters Garden Program

Our urban educational gardening program empowers, engages and educates local youth and the larger community with hands-on learning opportunities. A garden is a great place for people to come together, learn to raise food, and understand the ecology of sustainable growing.

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Can-Do Kitchen

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The Can-Do Kitchen is the area's only food business incubator and commercial kitchen. It supports food entrepreneurs by providing a low-risk environment, connecting to business-building resources, partnering with business counselors, hosting promotional tasting events, offering food safety training, facilitating wholesale ingredient orders, and more. We serve dozens of small food businesses and cooking classes and our kitchen is available for catering, cooking parties, cooking shows or video taping, workplace and team building exercises, product testing and staff training, and wherever your imagination leads!

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Southwest Michigan Community Harvest Fest

Fair Food Matters has teamed with other organizations for several years to present this one-day celebration of local food, local farming and sustainable living. Featuring speakers, demonstrations, exhibitors, music, food and family activities, it's a regional happening!

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Douglass Farmers' Market


The Douglass Farmers' Market was established in 2011 to increase access to healthy local food in the Northside neighborhood of Kalamazoo. It has since expanded to become a weekly summer market, and continues to build community by connecting consumers with local producers.

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Common Ground

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“Common Ground” is a collaboration of Fair Food Matters, the Kalamazoo County Land Bank, Kalamazoo County MSU Extension/Master Gardeners and the Kalamazoo Nature Center. This new program is designed to support community garden projects throughout Kalamazoo County, with a special emphasis on those that serve low-income and food-insecure residents..

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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.