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Spring color breaks over Kalamazoo

Tom Small


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Silvana Quadros Russell, Brazilian Oven

Sharing traditions from Brazilian gardens to Kalamazoo Tables

A two-year-old company using 400-year-old recipes has found its niche among food lovers.  Silvana Quadros Russell, founder of Brazilian Oven tells Zinta Aistars the story of the cheese buns of her native Brazil that Americans are coming to love.

Cathy Halinski, left, and Dulcee Boehm

Cheese brings smiles for Evergreen Lane Farm & Creamery

In the past decade goat cheese has been one of the fastest growing cheeses in the specialty food product market. Michigan has more 1,000 reported milk goat operations. Zinta Aistars talks with the cheese makers at Evergreen Lane Farm & Creamery, where milk from goats (and cows) comes about through a cooperative effort.

Stacy Burdette, Founder of Hacker Gals

Women get a place of their own to hack away

Creativity has a new home in Kalamazoo. It's the makerspace hosted by Hacker Gals. Founder Stacy Burdette talks with Jane Parikh about what they're up to.

Family Health Center of Battle Creek

Special Report: Child Health & Wellness

The 2013 national Kids Count data book reports Michigan ranking 31 out of 50 in child well-being. With this shaky foundation, Michigan has some serious work to do in improving child health and wellness outcomes. 

Richard Harwood

What Does Public Innovation Mean?

Battle Creek is working with the Harwood Institute to be a Beacon Community. The institute's founder Richard Harwood shares some thoughts on what exactly we mean when we talk about innovation in the public arena.

Michael Evans / Adult Literacy

Kalamazoo Literacy Council says everyone needs to read

Today, knowing how to read is basic in order to get a job. But one out of three job applicants lack the reading skils needed to do the job they seek. The Kalamazoo Literacy Council is stepping up efforts to change that. 

Tom Small

A revolution that can change the world, one backyard at a time

As the world changes at a pace that is impossible to keep up with, a grassroots movement wants to help communities cope with what's ahead. Zinta Aistars has the story on the Transition Movement. 

Marsha Meyer, left, and George Martin

Roses are red, violets are blue; when you think of poetry, think Kalamazoo

A lot of poetry is being created in the Kalamazoo area. The Kalamazoo Poetry Festival was created to make sure everyone knows about it. Zinta Aistars talks with the organizers about the area's first festival for poets, poetry lovers, and the poetically curious. 

Dr. John Sorenson, CEO of Vestaron

Spider research helps Vestaron build a better pesticide

The key to killing pests can be found inside spider venom and at Vestron they are tapping that mechanism to create what they believe will be a pesticide that does not do the damage created by today's peticides. Kim North Shine talks to Dr. John Sorenson.

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Loans, financial literacy, and more drive Community Promise in first year

When you think of a cooperative a credit union may not be the first thing that comes to mind. At Community Promise Federal Credit Union they are making that unique financial model work for the benefit of those in the neighborhoods. George Martin has the story.

Progress on early stage irrigation tubing installation.

Of Kale and Capital: How greens grow year round

The air is cold and the snow is deep, but inside the hoop houses at Green Garden Community Farm the greens are growing. Donna McClurkan talks to Trent and Ruthie Thompson about their year round operation and the slow money that made it possible. 

Blanca Cardoza Owner of Fiesta by Blanca

Fiesta by Blanca a local salsa that's in demand

Salsa has overtaken ketchup as the No. 1 condiment in the land. And Blanca Cardoza is finding the marketplace for her salsa, Fiesta by Blanca, is wide open. Zinta Aistars talks with the budding entrepreneur about the appeal of the spicy condiment that updates family recipes to reflect today's tastes.

Lindsey Pompileo, Owner of Cupcake Zoo

How sweet it is at The Cupcake Zoo

Lindsey Pompileo caught the cupcake food trend right in time. Now her business, The Cupcake Zoo, is rising like heated batter in the oven. Zinta Aistars reports on how it all came to be.

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Kalamazoo Promise Returned: Part 2 In Pictures and Words

Part 2 of Simon Borst's Kalamazoo Promise Returned explores the way several Kalamazoo Promise recipients are ensuring others benefit from the scholarship program, and putting their education to work for the community.

Jeremiah Smith

An entrepreneur with more than a good idea

From a blighted property at the center of Hartford, Jeremiah Smith is building businesses based on others' need to clean.
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