Detroit News story on our new community garden project

March 19th, 2015
Before and after pictures of the community garden project

Some people may have looked at the garbage-covered gravel lot and saw pollution. Matthew Bendure, a [NeighborWorks America] Americorps volunteer who works for Southwest Solutions in Detroit, saw potential. Last year, Bendure and one of the residents of the apartment buildings managed by Southwest, built four garden beds on the trash-strewn lot at 25th and Bagley. “In the new beds, we grew watermelon, jalapenos, kale, lettuce, tomatoes, potatoes, collard greens and Brussels sprouts,” writes Bendure in an email. Now, thanks to a recent $3,500 grant from Fiskars Project Orange Thumb, Bendure will be able to take the garden one step further. He plans to build eight more garden beds to increase their growing capacity. “Our goal is to grow enough food to provide fresh produce for our tenants and the surrounding community, while also offering training opportunities in urban farming, as well as a green space for recreation and leisure,” he says.
– Reprinted from Detroit News article by Maureen Feighan

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