Workshop - July 13th Garden Hero's and Villians (good and bad bugs)
Jul
13
6:00 pm18:00

Workshop - July 13th Garden Hero's and Villians (good and bad bugs)

Join us as we learn about good and bad bugs in the garden! Our farm manager Kelsey and master gardener Stef Gilmore will be teaching this fun and very family friendly class! This class will be very interactive and hands on as we explore examples on our own community farm!

Workshop - August 17th Compost you can really do!
Aug
17
6:00 pm18:00

Workshop - August 17th Compost you can really do!

It is exciting to watch your food scraps and junk mail turn into a valuable garden amendment! This class focuses on realistic and achievable ways you can divert your waste and decrease your contribution to the waste stream. You will learn about collection services, worm bins, Bokashi, and yard compost piles in this very fun and lighthearted class!

Workshop - September 21st Permaculture 101
Sep
21
6:00 pm18:00

Workshop - September 21st Permaculture 101

Join us in a crash course to start your journey learning about these incredible design principles and how you can apply them to your real life. Permaculture design principles aim to create systems that support permanent culture (people that have everything they need) and permanent agriculture (truly sustainable food systems).

  • Care of the Earth
  • Care of People
  • Fair Share

Group Service Learning - Calvin Entrada Scholars
Jun
24
9:00 am09:00

Group Service Learning - Calvin Entrada Scholars

Calvin college is bringing a group of students down to our farm for a group service learning project. Students will help educate our Madison neighbors about Urban Roots mission to cultivate durable and resilient families, communities, and ecosystems through urban agriculture. 

Community Market Open Hours
Jun
21
12:00 pm12:00

Community Market Open Hours

The community market is hosted inside our building at 1316 Madison Ave. SE 49507 and will feature produce from the community farm as well as food from sustainable area farms as it is possible. Stop by to pick up your local produce as well as goods including honey, T-shirts, and other produce as it is available! We accept Bridge Cards / SNAP Benefits, WIC, and Senior Project Fresh Coupons. 

Community Market Open Hours
Jun
14
12:00 pm12:00

Community Market Open Hours

The community market is hosted inside our building at 1316 Madison Ave. SE 49507 and will feature produce from the community farm as well as food from sustainable area farms as it is possible. Stop by to pick up your local produce as well as goods including honey, T-shirts, and other produce as it is available! We accept Bridge Cards / SNAP Benefits, WIC, and Senior Project Fresh Coupons. 

Workshop - June 8th Square Foot Gardening
Jun
8
6:00 pm18:00

Workshop - June 8th Square Foot Gardening

This gardening method can be a perfect solution if you feel like you don't know how to start a garden! Join Urban Roots staff and Master Gardener Stef Gilmore as we teach this fun and lighthearted intro to square foot gardening class! June is not to late to start a garden! Find out how!

Community Market Open Hours
Jun
7
10:00 am10:00

Community Market Open Hours

The community market is hosted inside our building at 1316 Madison Ave. SE 49507 and will feature produce from the community farm as well as food from sustainable area farms as it is possible. Stop by to pick up your local produce as well as goods including honey, T-shirts, and other produce as it is available! We accept Bridge Cards / SNAP Benefits, WIC, and Senior Project Fresh Coupons. 

Group Service Learning - Steelcase
Jun
2
1:00 pm13:00

Group Service Learning - Steelcase

Steelcase employees will be joining Urban Roots on the farm helping bring our mission to action. Serving in our madison neighborhood, they will be helping us educate our community about fresh farm produce and how to incorporate food into living healthier lives. 

Workshop May 25 Keep your garden full all season long!
May
25
6:30 pm18:30

Workshop May 25 Keep your garden full all season long!

Growers who want to keep their garden full of food all season long practice "Succession Planting". Join us on the Community Farm and Education Center to learn about the basics of succession planting and other bio-intensive space saving methods that can help you grow more food in less space!

Urban Roots workshops are free, but we ask you to consider making a donation to help defray our costs!

Make a donation and register with the form below

for a free registration, please RSVP by emailing workshops@urbanrootsgr.org

 

Workshop May 18 Immerse yourself in urban agriculture!
May
18
4:00 pm16:00

Workshop May 18 Immerse yourself in urban agriculture!

Growing food in the city is fun and totally possible. Work with us as we build our interactive learning garden, prepare beds for the growing season, and getting our expanded composting system in place. Urban Roots staff will be on site all day to answer questions and give advice on your own food growing adventures!

Urban Roots workshops are free, but we ask you to consider making a donation to help defray our costs!

Make a donation and register with the form below

for a free registration, please RSVP by emailing workshops@urbanrootsgr.org

 

Workshop May 11 Grow your first garden!
May
11
6:30 pm18:30

Workshop May 11 Grow your first garden!

Starting a garden can seem overwhelming if you have never done it before, but it doesn't have to be! We will show you how you can get started - on the cheap and easy! Join us at the Urban Roots Community Farm and Education Center to learn how you can be growing food at home in any amount of space! In collaboration with our friends at the Grand Rapids Public Library.

Urban Roots workshops are free, but we ask you to consider making a donation to help defray our costs!

Make a donation and register with the form below

for a free registration, please RSVP by emailing workshops@urbanrootsgr.org

Workshop May 4 Drink Your GREENS!
May
4
6:30 pm18:30

Workshop May 4 Drink Your GREENS!

In collaboration with our friends at Malamiah Juice. Come and learn about the power of drinking your greens! Smoothies and juices are a great way to start incorporating more fresh foods into your life! This class will be fun, lighthearted, and open for lots of questions about ways you can make small changes to eat more fresh food and have a healthier lifestyle.

Urban Roots workshops are free, but we ask you to consider making a donation to help defray our costs!

Make a donation and register with the form below

for a free registration, please RSVP by emailing workshops@urbanrootsgr.org

Brewery Vivant Benefit Night
Dec
12
3:00 pm15:00

Brewery Vivant Benefit Night

Come connect with Urban Roots at Brewery Vivant where you can get to know our work and hear more about what we have planned for our next season! From 3-11pm, 25% of all sales will go to support our work at Urban Roots. It also wouldn't hurt to enjoy a beer or two! Hope to see you there, cheers!

Touch The Soil : Drop-In Volunteer at the Farm!
Oct
28
3:00 pm15:00

Touch The Soil : Drop-In Volunteer at the Farm!

Join us on October 28 at our Community Farm in Madison to touch the soil with us! We will be planting our pollinator garden, cleaning out beds, removing trellis', and closing down the farm for the season. We invite you, your co-workers, and your family to join us to help us finish out a great year! Snacks will be served after we have finished. No need to RSVP, but e-mail us at info@urbanrootsgr.org if you have any questions! 

Herman Miller Service-Learning Event
Oct
20
9:30 am09:30

Herman Miller Service-Learning Event

Our folks at Herman Miller will be joining us for the morning to learn more about Urban Roots and help us build more mini-greenhouses for our community farm in Madison. For more information, e-mail us at info@urbanrootsgr.org!

Volunteer Orientation
Sep
30
11:00 am11:00

Volunteer Orientation

The volunteer orientation will include an overview of the history of Urban Roots, current programs and projects,  and the future plans for the Community Farm & Education Center. You will receive an overview of the safety guidelines to be practiced and a liability waiver to be completed, signed, and turned into the Urban Roots staff prior to volunteering. The orientation will conclude with a tour of the Community Farm & Education Center and the opportunity for any questions.

Spectrum Health Service-Learning Group
Sep
16
9:00 am09:00

Spectrum Health Service-Learning Group

Our friends at Spectrum Health will be joining us for the morning to learn more about Urban Roots and help us planting, cultivating, and cleaning up the farm for the season! For more information, or to book your own service-learning event, e-mail us at info@urbanrootsgr.org!

Compost 101 with Urban Roots
Sep
10
9:30 am09:30

Compost 101 with Urban Roots

  • Urban Roots GR

Waste not! Staff from Urban Roots will teach us how to build and maintain the best compost system throughout the year. From worm bins to backyard boxes, there are many ways to turn your scraps into rich, healthy compost, closing waste gaps and continuing the life cycle of beneficial organisms. Please sign up below.

Suggested donation: $10. (Cash, check, or credit will be accepted at the door.)

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Native Plants 101: A Pollinator Workshop with Amy Heilman & Rebecca Marquardt
Aug
13
9:30 am09:30

Native Plants 101: A Pollinator Workshop with Amy Heilman & Rebecca Marquardt

  • Urban Roots GR

Discuss the benefits of native plants for pollinators, including bees and butterflies. Pollinators are crucial for the life and health of your veggie plants! Includes hands-on component in which attendees will help plant native plugs around the vegetable beds at Urban Roots. Please sign up below.

Suggested donation: $10. (Cash, check, or credit will be accepted at the door.)

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Urban Roots Community Dinner
Aug
4
6:00 pm18:00

Urban Roots Community Dinner

  • B.O.B.'s Brewery

Join us for a family-style, hyper-local dinner featuring produce grown at the Urban Roots Community Farm! Enjoy delicious locally grown food as well as hear all about what Urban Roots is doing to connect our food, community, and local economy right here in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

WHERE: B.O.B.'s Brewery - 20 Monroe Avenue Northwest, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Featured Menu includes:
Course 1: Heirloom tomato & watermelon salad with Country Winds gouda, baby farm lettuce, pepita, and local honey vinaigrette.

Course 2: Grilled Natural Amish Chicken Breast with local squash & root vegetable ragout and a lemon blueberry drizzle.

Course 3: Local peach shortcake with buttermilk biscuits, local peaches, and fresh whipped cream.

Tickets are $25 per person - $5 goes directly to Urban Roots
Tickets include a three course meal, gratuity, and tax. Drinks purchased separately.
Open to the public. All ages welcome.

Order Tickets here.

 

Rain Barrel Build with WMEAC
Jul
16
9:30 am09:30

Rain Barrel Build with WMEAC

  • Urban Roots GR

“Save water. Build a rain barrel!” Hosted by Urban Roots, presented by WMEAC. Harvest your rainwater for use in your own gardens or house plants. Materials and supplies provided.

$30.00 ($15.00 for neighborhood residents) covers the materials for your rain barrel. If you don’t plan on taking home a rain barrel, no need to pay fee. Please sign up at rainbarrels.wmeac.org.

Weeds, Water, and Pests Workshop
Jun
18
9:30 am09:30

Weeds, Water, and Pests Workshop

  • Urban Roots GR

Learn best practices for weeding, watering, and naturally controlling the pests that find their way into your garden. We will show you tools and materials that have been most helpful for our growing successes and make recommendations for beneficial, non-toxic pest management. Please sign up below.

Suggested donation: $10. (Cash, check, or credit will be accepted at the door.)

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Urban Roots Tree Planting
Jun
10
3:00 pm15:00

Urban Roots Tree Planting

We were recently given 10 fruit trees and we need your help planting them. If you want to learn more about double-digging, tree planting, or just want to help us beautiful our neighborhood, join us on Friday, June 10 to help us get these in the ground at the community farm! 

Get Your Garden Started Workshop - Afternoon Session
May
21
1:30 pm13:30

Get Your Garden Started Workshop - Afternoon Session

Join us for this afternoon introduction to urban agriculture and growing at home. We will talk about soil health, planting efficiency, and the basics of biointensive farming, the method used here at Urban Roots. Come with your questions and your desire to learn! Please sign up below.

Suggested donation: $10. (Cash, check, or credit will be accepted at the door.)

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