locavore http://michiganradio.org en Grand Rapids celebrates a decade of “Local First” with massive street party Saturday http://michiganradio.org/post/grand-rapids-celebrates-decade-local-first-massive-street-party-saturday <p>More than 10,000 people are expected at <a href="http://www.localfirst.com/events/street_party">a street party in Grand Rapids Saturday </a>to celebrate all things local.</p><p>Locals bands, local food, and of course local beer; brewed special for the party with locally produced honey. It’s the biggest fundraiser of the year for Local First, a non-profit that supports locally owned businesses throughout West Michigan. It's their 10<sup>th</sup> anniversary.</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&amp;v=yiAzTzhY1AU</p><p>Executive Director Elissa Hillary says if everyone in Kent County shifted 10% of their purchases to locally owned businesses,<a href="http://bealocalist.org/sites/default/files/file/GR%20Local%20Works%20Summary.pdf"> it would create 1,600 jobs.</a></p><p>“It’s important for us to just be aware that our daily choices have an impact and that they can have an incredibly positive impact,” Hillary said, “So if we’re making choices to support businesses in our community we’re essentially choosing to support people who live in our community.” Fri, 31 May 2013 14:38:54 +0000 Lindsey Smith 12822 at http://michiganradio.org MSU: More interest in buying locally grown food http://michiganradio.org/post/msu-more-interest-buying-locally-grown-food <p>A new Michigan State University survey finds a growing number of school lunch rooms, hospitals cafeterias and other institutions are interested in filling their pantries with locally grown food.</p><p></p><p>MSU’s Center for Regional Food Systems has been asking institutions about whether they buy locally grown fruits, vegetables and other food staples since 2004.</p><p></p><p>Center director Michael Hamm says the number of school cafeterias buying local has tripled in the last decade. But he says there’s only so much more local farmers can produce now.</p><p></p> Sun, 05 May 2013 17:30:02 +0000 Steve Carmody 12416 at http://michiganradio.org MSU: More interest in buying locally grown food