Michigan Good Food Fund
A new mixed use development of Hispanic businesses, including a brewery, multiple restaurants, outdoor farmers market, and business incubator space is in the works in Grand Rapids. Plus, a Soul Food restaurant and a farm market are helping get delicious, healthy food to their communities.
“In recent years, Grand Rapid’s Grandville Avenue has received more than $40 million in investments as part of Viva La Avenida, a collaboration between the City of Grand Rapids, Roosevelt Neighborhood Association, and Habitat for Humanity that is redesigning this city corridor. Through the transformation of an old factory building, the new Placita Olvera project aims to become a destination for the community’s primarily Hispanic residents.” Read the story here.
“Forty Acres Soul Kitchen opened in March 2018 as Grand Rapids’ only African American-owned full-service restaurant. Key to its mission? Celebrating African American history and culinary traditions.” Read the story here.
“Vicki and Tom Zilke have been providing fresh, healthy food at affordable prices since transitioning from previous careers to full-time farming in 2009 in the wake of the recession. What started as a five-acre homestead has over the years grown into a full-fledged 60-member CSA, farm stand, and regular presence at markets across Southeast Michigan.” Read the story here.