The Southwest Michigan Local Food Council is a collective of advocates that takes evidence-based actions toward the development of an equitable regional food system that values local farmers and entrepreneurs. Our Goals - Joy for Our Food • Abundant and Fair Economy for Our Food • Growing Infrastructure for Our Food We need volunteers to join our Working Groups! The Joy for our Food Working Group invites those interested in … [Read more...] about You’re Invited to Join the Local Food Movement!
Be Healthy Berrien is a true community-wide collaboration, led by a dedicated Steering Committee of partner organizations. These partners have come together to build a shared vision to work together in building a healthier community. YMCA of Southwest Michigan is a founding member of the Be Healthy Berrien partnership, first as two separate organizations – Benton Harbor-St. Joseph YMCA and Niles-Buchanan YMCA – and now as one entity. Mark Weber, Chief Executive Officer at YMCA of … [Read more...] about Get to know our Steering Committee partners! YMCA of Southwest Michigan
Niles Riverfront Park, along the east side of the St. Joseph River from Wayne St. to Front St., is an escape to nature within the City of Niles. The park, nestled along the river, features a boat ramp, playground, skate park, amphitheater, and picnic shelters, tables and grills. Nearly 2 miles of the Indiana-Michigan River Valley Trail runs through the park, offering opportunities for walking, running, and biking. Several fitness stations along the trail make this the perfect … [Read more...] about Visit Niles Riverfront Park for a beautiful autumn adventure!
We'd love to hear your input on the Indiana-Michigan River Valley Trail Expansion Project, even if you can't make it to our Community Open House. The Community Open House will be held on Wednesday, September 25, 4:30 pm-6:00 pm at the Berrien Springs Community Library. If you can't make it to the event, please give us your feedback via the online survey by Sunday, 9/29 at https://forms.gle/RbFFmeRkagePFV7n9**Thank you! … [Read more...] about We want to hear from you!
Agricultural professions are ranked among the most dangerous jobs in North America. It comes as no surprise when you think about the amount of machinery, chemicals, and physical labor associated with farm work. That is why the National Education Center for Agricultural Safety, and their partners spread awareness for farm safety every year through the National Farm Safety and Health Week. This year the motto of the week is “Shift Farm Safety into High Gear”, the week will feature daily themes and … [Read more...] about It’s National Farm Safety and Health Week
Join Be Healthy Berrien to celebrate Fruits & Veggies—More Matters® Month and enjoy the benefits of eating plenty of fruits and veggies. Fruits & Veggies — More Matters® Month highlights the importance of healthy eating – a diet rich in a variety of colorful fruits and vegetables. Adding more fruits and veggies to your diet doesn’t have to be expensive — there are many low-cost (or not cost!) alternatives. Add chopped vegetables to pasta sauce, eat kale – cooked or … [Read more...] about SEPTEMBER IS FRUITS & VEGGIES—MORE MATTERS® MONTH