Grand Valley State University

Fresh produce at a farmers market

It’s summertime again, that magical time of year when everything in Michigan is green and growing - and not just trees and flowers, but food! One of the best and least appreciated things about living in West Michigan is how large and extensive our local foodshed is. Farmers here grow the usual corn and soybeans, of course, but they also grow everything from fruit to grains and vegetables. They raise all sorts of livestock: cattle, sheep, pigs, and chickens. West Michigan companies brew their own signature beers and make wine from their own vineyards.

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A very messy and cluttered dorm room

The semester is over. Whether that means you’ll be going home for Christmas, going home for the summer, moving out permanently to fulfill your post-college plans, or will be staying on but want to take back control over your space, decluttering is a necessary step to take to restore order and sanity to your life. So what needs to go?

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Letting your child go out on their own to college is probably one of the hardest things to do for most parents.  You lose all control of keeping them safe, healthy, well-fed, clean, and social. Meadows Crossing helps ease the anxiety of "letting go" by providing your student with home-away-from-home comforts.  

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Somebody sick in bed with pills, medicine, and water on the night table

It’s frigid outside, you spent December cramming for exams and trying to finish last-minute deadlines and then overeating and perhaps overindulging in other ways. You stayed up until all hours on New Year’s Eve. So your body is naturally worn out. And now, combined with other normal stresses of winter, it’s letting you know that by slowing down, running a fever, and coughing up other unpleasant symptoms (pun intended, go ahead and groan, but do it into your elbow).

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