Our first Flint garden is at 911 Cottage Grove Ave off of University Avenue. We started with 5 city lots and have set up boxes for the different houses on the block to grow vegetables.
As you may know, Flint has had a recent water crisis and many vulnerable populations (babies, children, and the elderly) have been exposed to lead. Eating leafy greens reduces the effects of lead exposure and having the kids grow their own vegetables get them excited to eat healthy.
What we’ve accomplished:
We are currently harvesting leafy greens and waiting on the squash from our first growing season. We have Chard and Chinese Greens, Kale and Collard Greens that we are sharing with our neighboors.
We started working with the neighborhood kids and are getting them excited about gardening. "I like waking up and checking to see how much the plants grew when I slept." - neighborhood youth on why he likes the Justice Garden
We adopted our garden area at 911 Cottage Grove Ave and had 2 clean up days in the fall of 2015 with Michigan fans and Alumni. We cleaned up the lot, removed trash, discovered the remains of a burned down house, and fell a tree.
We built a hugglekulture bed for the garden. The bed is composed of logs and compost at the center so it will retain water.