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Plainsong Farm introduces household gardens opportunity

Funded by a grant from United Way of Kent County, Plainsong Farm in Rockford, MI, is enabling 25 local households affected by the COVID-19 pandemic to grow vegetable gardens throughout the 2020 growing season.

Each participant in the initial growing group will receive a garden pack of 18 seeds and seedlings, enough to fill 75-square-foot garden. Growers will also receive online garden education from Plainsong Farm’s expert Farm Manager, Mike Edwardson, from late May through late September. No prior garden expertise is needed; Farmer Mike will walk participants through every step in their gardening adventure.

To sign up for a garden, register at www.plainsongfarm.com/good-news-gardens. In order to qualify, a household must reside in Kent County, be economically impacted by COVID-19  and able to prepare, plant and tend a vegetable garden. Only 25 garden packs are available for 2020, so residents are urged to apply quickly. With Farmer Mike’s online assistance, garden beds will be prepared immediately, in anticipation of seedling pickup and planting during the last week in May. 

All Kent County churches and social service agencies are welcome as distribution partners for household gardens. Contact hello@plainsongfarm.com to become a distribution partner.

For more information about the household gardens initiative, please contact The Rev. Nurya Love Parish, Executive Director of Plainsong Farm, at: nurya@plainsongfarm.com.

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Help promote literacy!

The Literacy Center of West Michigan needs volunteer tutors

The Literacy Center of West Michigan has scheduled an information session on Tuesday, February 1, 2011, for prospective volunteer tutors. This session is held at 6:30 p.m. and lasts one hour. It allows persons interested in becoming volunteer tutors to find out more about the Center and its literacy programs. At the end of the session, there will be an opportunity to sign up for tutor training.
The Literacy Center of W. Michigan is a non-profit, United Way agency devoted to reducing illiteracy in our community. Based on 1990 census figures, at least 19,000 adults in Kent County cannot read at a functional level. At least 6,000 adults cannot speak or understand English well. By training people to be tutors, the Center can offer one-on-one reading help to adults asking for assistance in reading or English as a Second Language (ESL). You do not need to speak another language to tutor ESL.
The information session will be held at the Literacy Center of West Michigan, located at 1120 Monroe Ave., N.W. Suite 240 – Grand Rapids, MI.
Please call 459-5151 (ext. 10) to register.

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