Urban farm takes root in Flint
Sat, 12 Oct 2013 22:46:34 GMT —
It's something you don't typically see on the north side of Flint---a tractor and a farm but organizers are hoping that by starting tractors up, theyâ??ll change the face of Flint.
â??Never thought they would've did all of this, Iâ??ve never known anyone with that focus of, intention of doing this until we met The Kings about three years ago,â?? says Shirley Jones, who lives in the neighborhood.
The King Family is planting seeds of change in their neighborhood.
â??It was a mess, land bank came in and helped us clean it out,â?? says Dora King. â??It had trees, garbage.â??
Now, this vacant land has apple trees and pumpkins and children are learning how to farm right in their own backyard.
â??I think it's helping Flint actually and trying to bring the people together and stop all the violence,â?? says Malachi Elridge, an eighth grader.
Tomatoes and peppers are also filling the land once used as a dumping ground.
â??This is the north side of Flint, we need this,â?? says King.
â??It was horrible but to come out and do this, I think this is just a plus, wonderful thing they did out here,â?? says Jones.
The Kings are hoping their seeds of urban farming grow and take root in other parts of Flint.
â??This is a new thing we want folks to understand,â?? says King. They have the power to take one of these trees and plant it in their backyard,â?? she adds.