Growing Local Roots


“Growing Local Roots” is a multimedia news project produced by students in the Environmental Reporting class at Western Michigan University.  This in-depth project focuses on local food connections in Southwest Michigan communities and explores issues related to environmental sustainability, food access and food security, local food sources and economic development, food quality and personal health.

Eighteen undergraduate student journalists completed this reporting project during the Fall 2011 semester.  Reporting teams visited local community gardens, farmer’s markets, health food stores, food pantries and restaurants to conduct research and interviews with expert and community sources. The stories, photos, graphics, videos and audio relay the experiences of local residents dedicated to making access to local foods and fresh produce a priority for all.

About The Project

Photo by: Jolene Khor