Sustainable Community Development Initiative


GVSU Initiatives
Running June through October of each year, the farmers' market offers a way for the GVSU community to shop directly from local farmers and food producers. This year's vendors included: Goen's Produce, Ham's Produce, Barb Zemitus, Happy Jack's Kettle Corn, The Great Bread Co., Engelsma Honey & Apple Cider, Marne Jerky, Frozen Creek Farms, Happy Goat Soap, Michigan Butterflies, Maisy's Pie Company, Lindberg Blueberries, Cups of Cake, Healthy Pantry Bars, Farm Country Cheese, our GVSU Nursing students and Campus Dining.
Campus Dining purchases more than 30 percent of its produce locally with a goal to increase that by 10 percent each year. They purchase Michigan-grown foods when possible, and have a community garden plot that grows some produce for use on campus.
Local Vendors:

Produce: Sysco Mi produce line, when available
Bread Crumbs: Drakes, Marshall, MI
Ice Cream: Hudsonville Ice Cream, Hudsonville, MI
Baked Goods: Sandy’s Bakery, Grand Rapids, MI
Concessions: Kowalski Hot Dogs, Detroit, MI
Dressings: Chadalee Farms, Lowell, MI
Vending: Karr’s Nuts, Detroit, MI
Concessions: Grand Rapids Popcorn
Dairy: Country Dairy
Campus dining offers fair trade coffee, tea, chocolate, and sugar in most dining locations. Fair trade certification ensures that the workers and producers of the product are treated fairly and receive a living wage.
Grand Valley is the first university in Michigan to commit to using cage-free eggs exclusively, which began in the fall of 2010.


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