DOWNTOWN MARKET EDUCATION FOUNDATION VISION:
Connecting people to unparalleled opportunities for healthier living in a thriving food economy.
DOWNTOWN MARKET EDUCATION FOUNDATION MISSION:
To inspire healthier living and cultivate a sustainable, vibrant food economy by providing impactful education and resources accessible to all.
GREENHOUSE SCIENCE & NUTRITION FIELD TRIPS
In partnership with Grand Rapids Public Schools and focusing on State of Michigan curriculum standards, the Downtown Market hosts students in the Greenhouse to learn about energy, plants, biodiversity and where food comes from – not just the Market! Field trips include age-appropriate, active, hands-on learning along with tastes of healthy food that they create as a team.
SUPPORTING FOOD ENTREPRENEURS
The 20+ Market Hall and 20+ Incubator Kitchen Small Businesses are a tremendous part of the $20 million economic impact of the Downtown Market. Through programs like “Recipes for Success,” where established food entrepreneurs share wisdom and advice, or our partnership with Varnum’s “MI Springboard,” helping these young businesses grow creates exponential impact in our growing city.
CULINARY NUTRITION & FOOD EDUCATION
The Downtown Market Teaching Kitchen has provided over 3,000 cooking lessons to underserved and at-risk populations in Grand Rapids. From our nationally recognized work with refugees, to efforts with young adults aging out of the foster system, the culinary staff in the Teaching Kitchen work with community partners to teach basic principles such as cooking on a budget, knife skills, and shopping in season.
For more information on and to apply for our George Aquino Culinary Nutrition Field Trip, please click here.
TEACHING VALUABLE WORK
By connecting with programs that focus on occupational therapy and rehabilitation, the Market Greenhouse accomplishes valuable workforce development initiatives alongside planting the seeds of sustainable community agriculture.
If your business, family or non-profit would like to get involved with the mission of the Downtown Market Education Foundation, email firstname.lastname@example.org about ways to donate, volunteer or create new partnerships.