Merchandise at Coyote Wisdom Bookstore 

Astrology, crystals, and Tarot Cards: East Lansing teens’ pandemic revolution 

In East Lansing, increased spirituality may be a side effect of the COVID-19 pandemic. This past year, two local metaphysical hubs, Triple Goddess Bookstore and Coyote Wisdom bookstore, have experienced an influx of new customers. 

Metaphysical experts and the influx of business 

Triple Goddess Bookstore, 2019 E. Michigan Ave., is filled with everything from tarot decks and spellbooks to bulk self-serve herbs and candles. Owners Dawne Botke-Coe and Alan Coe provide tarot, astrology, palmistry and rune readings by appointment, as well. “Lansing is a very liberal town. And we all kind of know each other.

Seed packets in the seed library cabinet at the Herrick District Library in Holland.

Seed libraries grow food resilience

SEED LIBRARIES: More than 650 libraries, garden and community centers across Michigan will receive packets of Boston Pickling cucumber seeds next spring as a part of a seed saving and swapping program. Seed libraries contain seeds that circulate among community members. We talk to advocates from Grosse Pointe, Sanford and Lyon Township, with photos from Holland and Union City. Includes references to Munising, Marquette, Pickford, Lakeview, Benzonia, Lexington and Jonesville. With interactive map to check for local locations. By Kayla Nelsen. FOR COLDWATER, HOLLAND, DETROIT, GREENVILLE, IONIA, MICHIGAN FARM NEWS, MARQUETTE, SAULT STE, MARIE, BENZIE COUNTY, BAY MILLS, LAPEER COUNTY, HILLSDALE and ALL POINTS.

New book by Michigan author teaches at-home herbalism 

ARTISAN HERBALIST: Bevin Cohen handcrafts salves, teas and tinctures – from planting the seed to cold-pressing and infusing the oils in his home kitchen in Sanford, near the Huron-Manistee National Forest. His newest book, “The Artisan Herbalist,” invites readers to do the same. By Kayla Nelson. FOR MICHIGAN FARM NEWS and ALL POINTS.

East Lansing family preserves civil rights legacy

Vincent Green, a practicing East Lansing attorney, has been enveloped by leaders in the civil rights movement his entire life.
Green is the son of East Lansing civil rights activist Robert L. Green, who fought for fair housing and was in 1964 the first Black person to purchase a home in East Lansing. Robert Green became the first Black dean at Michigan State University and worked alongside Martin Luther King, Jr. from 1965 to 1967.

Dynamite Hill Farm owner Jerry Jondreau uses traditional methods to harvest wild rice.

Indigenous food markets in Michigan grow as Native Americans reclaim heritage

INDIGENOUS MARKETS: When Ziibimijwang Farm sells maple sugar at Minongin Market in Mackinaw City, it’s more than a business transaction – it represents Indigenous food sovereignty.
Further north, in the Upper Peninsula, partners Jerry Jondreau and Katy Bressette operate Dynamite Hill Farms in L’Anse. Social media and online sales has fueled both operations as part of a growing availability of Indigenous food resources nationwide. By Kayla Nelsen. FOR BAY MILLS, SAULT STE. MARIE, HARBOR SPRINGS, PETOSKEY, CHEBOYGAN, ST. IGNACE, MARQUETTE, HOLLAND, TRAVERSE CITY, MICHIGAN FARM NEWS, GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS NEWS, CORPS AND ALL POINTS.

East Lansing library opens more than books for community

October marked the return of Story Time, Monday Movie Matinee, and Teen Time at the East Lansing Public Library after a year of cancellations due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “We’re hopefully going to be increasing our in-person programming as long as the numbers are good,” said Library Director Kristin Shelley. The month has also been declared Library Appreciation Month in East Lansing after a resolution from the Michigan Library Association was approved at the Oct. 19 City Council meeting.

Slow, hand-made fashions weave small textile district in East Lansing

Since 2019, Woven Art Yarn Shop and Seams Sewing and Mercantile in East Lansing have been entwined in a partnership that celebrates slow fashion by encouraging customers to make clothing by hand with sustainably sourced materials. An established textile and fiber arts community in East Lansing is relatively new. In 2003, artist Nancy McRay founded Woven Art, inspired by her passion for weaving and yarn hand-dyeing, said the shop’s current owner, Meg Croft. When McRay decided to return to full-time artistry in 2013, she sold the business to Croft, who was a Woven Art employee at the time.