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I've mentioned this to quite a few people, and they seem to love the idea. This is great to hear! Please keep us updated. Perhaps this could correlate w/ the expansion of the farmer's market to carry goods year round as well??? That guy in Madison, WI seems to have a great thing going on. Such a concept in GR could also include something to put some of our troubled youth to work. Please keep that in mind.

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>IDEA< Perhaps this came out of the standard lease/easement/family member sale language involving land rights transfers. "For $1 and other good and valuable consideration..." Just look through the assessment files. My house "sold" for $1.00 a couple of times, by previous owners to family members.

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Jeff, could you split off these "property for cheap" posts and put into the main forum? They are buried here.

A contractor friend says he bought a lot for $100. (Not one dollar, one hundred.) It was a HUD auction, and is vacant property. Says he doesn't know where it is, but he's bought a city parcel for $100.

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I know in the past they would sell city property for very cheap.... but I sopke with Economic Development (who deals with city owned real estate) and presently the lowest they can sell for is $1,050.00.

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That's pretty cheap! Do they have a list of available properties for sale? Even if $1050 is too much for some groups (like neighborhood associations), I would imagine there are grants available to help defray the costs of getting things started.

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Though I would definitely like to see an urban garden in Grand Rapids, I'd like to mention that you can get local goods (including some veggies) through the West Michigan Co-op. Sure, that's a shameless plug (I'm their tech guy) but a big reason we founded and created to Co-op was to help folks who were trying to find local goods when the markets close for the winter....

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Green Gathering: Actions is Wednesday, May 13, 2009 at Harrison Park Elementary School from 6:30 to 8:30pm. Please park and use the Muskegon Street entrance.

Plan conecpts that capture the public's input will begin to create a vision for what an implemented plan would look like. Five special study areas, including the Grand River, Butterworth Landfill, 201 Market, Joe Taylor Park, and Ball-Perkins Park will integrate the community's ideas into a series of achievable plans. Citizens will be asked to identify partnering opportunities and funding strategies and to prioritize the City's work plan.

If you are unable to attend Green Gathering: Actions, please look for our "Actions Priorities" survey at www.greengrandrapids.ust.gif

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Anyone with an interest in community gardens and urban farming might do well to go to UICA tomorrow for a special screening of this Oscar-nominated documentary:

"Come to UICA this Tuesday at 7PM and see a special screening of the Garden, with a discussion by GRIID. The discussion will be about the issues raised in the documentary and what people are doing in West Michigan to confront those same issues. Local organizations who promote and practice urban gardening/farming will also have information tables at this screening."

If you miss it, you can also see it Wednesday.

Links:

http://www.blackvalleyfilms.com/about-the-film/

http://www.uica.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=p...&pageid=659

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Green Gathering: Call to Action

Wednesday, October 21st, 6:30pm - 8:30pm, Creston High

-What we have done so far; Overview of the Green Grand Rapids process, where we are/how we got here

-Where we are going from here; What's next!

-How can you get involved; meet partners/champion groups, find out how you can help!

Green Grand Rapids Partner/Champion organizations will be joining us at Green Gathering: Call to Action to introduce their group and tell us about what they are doing and how YOU can help!

-Friends of GR Parks

-WMEAC

-WMMBA

-Fulton Street Farmers Market

-Grand River groups including GRWW

-GGRBC

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Just want to show my support for the Urban Farm idea in GR! I would be a customer as well as the rest of my housemates. AND I would really enjoy it if it was located IN the city.

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