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Berry season arrives: Find a U-pick location here

Berry season arrives: Find a U-pick location here

West Michigan growers are seeing high demand for berries this summer.

Many farmers have closed their fields for a couple days after visitors picked their plants clean.  The increasing demand also led to a shorter cherry season for some growers.  

Here's a list of some of the U-pick locations open in West Michigan this summer. Prices, fruit availability and hours vary daily, so it's best to call ahead before visiting any farm.


Ionia County


Bird Berry Farm

5256 Belding Rd. Belding, MI

(616) 794-5041

Blueberries $1.75 per pound

Patch picked out early Friday morning call back for update Wednesday, July 17



Kent County


North Ridge Berries

3555 20 Mile Rd. NW Kent City, MI

(616) 675-5919

Raspberries $3 per pound

Greenville changes yard waste program

GREENVILLE, Mich.—The City of Greenville is changing the way its yard waste disposal program works.

Beginning July 15, city residents will have to drop off their bagged leaves, grass clippings or brush.  The city will no longer be picking up the yard waste.  The drop off site is located at 1150 Owen Mumaw Drive. Residents must bring a valid driver’s license or proof or residency with them.

Drop off days/times:

  • Mondays, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • Thursdays, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • Saturdays, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. 

Residents who cannot haul their own yard waste are encouraged to contact local lawn care companies.  The company must still show a photocopy or cell phone photo of the owner’s driver’s license for yard waste to be accepted by the city.

Anyone who places yard waste at the curb after July 15 will be billed for its removal.

Go Green Youth Challenge: How to get fresh trees in your community

Go Green Youth Challenge:  How to get fresh trees in your community

Applications are being accepted for the Go Green Youth Challenge tree planting grants.

Children from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade are invited to participate.  Participants are challenged to collect change individually, with their class or with a club each spring.  The change will go toward community tree plantings by the Michigan Arbor Day Alliance, as well as program outreach efforts.  The team that raises the most for the Go Green Youth Challenge will be awarded with a tree planning in their community.  They also get an invitation to the state Arbor Day celebration in April at Potter Park Zoo in Lansing.

Local governments, public educational institutions, public libraries, non-profit organizations, non-profit organizations, neighborhood associations, churches and tribal governments can also apply for a Go Green youth Challenge tree planting grant by visiting this websit

Recycle your e-waste for free May 31

Recycle your e-waste for free May 31

If you need to get rid of some e-waste for free, now is your chance. 

On May 31, Metron Integrated Health Systems is teaming up with Advanced Technology Recycling to accept electronics at Metron’s Lamont facility, located at 13030 Commercial St.  Visitors can drop off their e-waste from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.  Metron will accept anything that plugs into a wall that contains a circuit board and/or batteries.  Devices that contain Freon, lighting fixtures and large household appliances will not be accepted.

Organizers say Metron wanted to coordinate this free recycling event to help clear out clutter that poses a risk of tripping and falling.  The company plans to hold additional e-waste recycling events throughout the year.

Metron has six facilities across West Michigan providing a variety of services, ranging from rehabilitation to blood pressure clinics.  Locations include:

  • 414 E.

Tick prevention tips from the Ionia County Health Department

Tick prevention tips from the Ionia County Health Department

BELDING,  Mich.— Tick activity is expected to high this year, so Ionia County health officials are sharing some tips to help you avoid the pest, which can carry Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, tularemia, anaplasmosis, ehrlichosis and babesiosis.


  • Avoid shady and moist areas with overgrown grass, brush and leaf litter.
  • Wear light-colored clothing with a tight weave so ticks can be spotted easily.
  • If conditions permit, wear closed toe shoes, long pants and a long-sleeved shirt.  Tuck in your shirt and tuck your pants into your shoes or socks.
  • Check clothes and exposed skin frequently for ticks.
  • Use EPA-aproved repellents such as those containing DEET, Pcaridin, lemon oil or eucalyptus oil.
  • Create a tick-free zone around your home by keeping your grass mowed and eliminating clutter such as brush and wood piles.

Time is running out to get your free gardening plot

Time is running out to get your free gardening plot

BELDING, Mich.—Planting season is here, and if you don’t have a space, the city of Belding may be able to help.

Two spaces are left in the Belding Community Garden.  The plots are free, but going fast. If you’d like to sign up for a 4’x8’ space, call (616) 240-1472 or visit City Hall to fill out an application form. Organizers of the community garden will hold a new gardener orientation meeting Wednesday, May 8 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the garden, located at 541 Orchard St. 

This is the second year for the Belding Community Garden, which is a group effort led by the Belding Community Garden Group, the city, and Belding Area Schools.  Last month, the city won the Michigan Municipal League’s Region 3 Community Excellence Award for the garden program.

At the Belding Community Garden, green thumbs can plant whatever they want on their own schedule.  All abundant or designated vegetables are donated once a week to the Belding Food Pantry. 

Free program helps home and business owners deal with mercury

(ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY COMPANY)– The Environmental Quality Company is proud to partner with The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Mercury Collection Project.

This is an on-going effort to collect and properly recycle mercury.  Small and large business operations have traditionally been overlooked during mercury collection events.  The project’s objective is to address this issue and promote a long-term solution for easily collecting and recycling of mercury.  The program is free to anyone located in Michigan – residents included. 

The program is easy.