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Top state official helps Ottawa County mark milestone

Top state official helps Ottawa County mark milestone

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.—The Director of the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development visited West Michigan earlier this month as Ottawa County  celebrated the 75th anniversary of the Eastmanville Farm Park.

As part of the event, roughly 150 people were treated to a picnic of food grown exclusively in Ottawa County.  Visitors also explored the historical park and listened to an address by MDARD Director Jamie Clover Adams.   A bus tour also took visitors to four farms verified by the Agricultural Environmental Assurance Program, including Bowerman Blueberries, H&H Turkey, Sietsema Farms and Countryside Greenhouse.

Celebrate the Macatawa Watershed with WaterFest

HOLLAND, Mich.—Come celebrate the Macatawa Watershed during WaterFest August 6 through August 24.

The festival’s main event is a 5k family fun run August 17.  Participants can also check out a variety of exhibits and vendors, try out fishing and kayaking, and see the creatures living along the Macatawa Greenway and throughout the watershed.

WaterFest is meant to raise awareness of the Macatawa Watershed and improve its water quality. For the full schedule of events, click here. 

West Michigan Summer 2013: Send us your photos!

West Michigan Summer 2013: Send us your photos!

Tammy Cunningham snapped this photo on Muskegon's Pere Marquette Park beach July 26.

Send  your West Michigan Summer 2013 photos to mytown@wzzm13.com  and we'll add them to our photo gallery!

 

Michigan awarded $2.3 million to protect lakeshore

Michigan awarded $2.3 million to protect lakeshore

The Michigan Coastal Management Program is getting more than $2.3 million to help protect the state’s lakeshore.

The grant money is coming from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. 

 “Michigan is home to over 3,100 miles of Great Lakes shoreline that attract tourists from across the country to enjoy our great outdoors, contributing billions to our economy.  This support will help conserve our beautiful natural resources for generations to come,” says Sen. Debbie Stabenow, who announced the grant along with Sen. Carl Levin Tuesday.

Michigan’s Department of Environmental Quality will administer the $2,327,500 federal grant, which will be used to help identify and mitigate the effects of climate change on Great Lakes coastal wetlands, as well as improving rip current forecasting and notification systems.

The Buzz About Bees in Holland

The Buzz About Bees in Holland

See a live colony of Bees at the DeGraaf Nature Center in Holland, MI. on Saturday, August 3rd at 2:00pm.

The Nature Center has a glass-sided observation beehive that is very popular with visitors. There you can watch the honey bees go about their very busy lives. This time of year, the bees are very active gatherering nectar to make honey for the winter months ahead. It's fun to find the queen as she lays her eggs.

Come and join beekeeper, Rob Venner and learn about the social lives of the Honeybees and how important pollinators are to our local farmers. Honey samples will be provided.

A fee of $3.00 per person is charged. Free for Friends of De Graaf. Please call to register at 616-355-1057 or e-mail: degraafnaturecenter@cityofholland.com

The Nature Center is located at 600 Graafschap Rd. in Holland, MI 49423.

Berry season arrives: Find a U-pick location here

Berry season arrives: Find a U-pick location here

West Michigan growers are seeing high demand for berries this summer.

Many farmers have closed their fields for a couple days after visitors picked their plants clean.  The increasing demand also led to a shorter cherry season for some growers.  

Here's a list of some of the U-pick locations open in West Michigan this summer. Prices, fruit availability and hours vary daily, so it's best to call ahead before visiting any farm.

 

Ionia County

 

Bird Berry Farm

5256 Belding Rd. Belding, MI

(616) 794-5041

Blueberries $1.75 per pound

Patch picked out early Friday morning call back for update Wednesday, July 17

 

 

Kent County

 

North Ridge Berries

3555 20 Mile Rd. NW Kent City, MI

(616) 675-5919

Raspberries $3 per pound