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Old 03-23-2010, 11:46 PM
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My wife and I and our six year old son are seriously considering moving to Grand Rapids. We have done quite a bit of research but would like to know about air and water pollution in the area. Also, how is the soil around Grand Rapids? Can you grow fruit and nut trees? Do gardens do well in the area? Any information would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 03-24-2010, 06:26 AM
Location: Metro Detroit
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As far as I know the soil is great...fruit trees are everywhere! And I don't notice any pollution to speak of...then again I'm from southern California so anything would seem like nothing to me!
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Old 03-25-2010, 06:32 PM
Location: East Grand Rapids, MI
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Fruit grows quite well in West Michigan.
We are a hotbed for Apples, Blueberries, Cherries and others.

There are some air-quality issues during parts of the summer (we get our air from Milwaukee and Chicago, so it's not perfect) but overall it's clean enough that you don't have to worry.
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Old 03-26-2010, 06:48 AM
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Granted, I've lived in two of the more polluted cities in the country, but the air quality out here is incredible. In fact, I'm realizing that I'm more allergic to pollen than I ever was to smog, so if you can handle trees and grass, you'll probably love it out here.
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Old 03-26-2010, 08:25 AM
Location: Niceville, FL
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The area northwest of town around Sparta is one of the prime apple growing regions in the country. And the Traverse City area is the sour cherry capitol of the country.

The Great Lakes serve to moderate the worst of the Alberta Clipper cold snaps that tend to plow through Minnesota and Wisconsin every year so you get slightly better conditions than you would west of Lake Michigan. My grandfather even managed to very carefully grow a southern pecan tree in his front yard by spending the first 20 or so years very thoroughly wrapping the trunk every winter. (though they never got any pecans out of it because it would get too cold before the nuts would properly mature)
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Old 03-27-2010, 11:12 AM
Location: NE philadelphia
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To support the posts about growing things in west michigan....my dad has three English Walnut trees that produce a nice crop of walnuts (now that there are too many for the squirrels to steal!) and that is in the very Northern tip of Lower michigan......so i would imagine you can grow walnuts in GR...of course with all the fruit trees....apples, pears, plums, and cherries...yum!
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