Urban Gardening

In the city of Detroit there are no major grocery stores. That means that typically if a kid is hungry and has a dollar in his pocket, he heads to the gas station and picks up something to eat there. If he has a couple of bucks and wants to walk a little farther he will walk to one of many fast food chains. People in Detroit aren’t eating fruits and vegetables. They are largely eating fast food and food from gas stations.

You don’t have to be up on your Morgan Spurlock documentaries or read up on the most recent Michael Pollan book to understand that this leads to problems. As a result, Detroit ranks pretty high on the fattest cities list and I am sure has the health side-effects that go along with that.

One small way that we at Awakenings have chosen to fight this trend was to build a community garden with the hopes of giving away produce when the crops mature. So this past weekend we killed two birds with one stone. First, we revamped a vacant lot that was a blight on the community near Midtown on the corner of Second and Seldon. Then we planted the first two of many boxes for peppers, cabbage and other fall veggies to be ready to pick in a couple of months.

It was great to see something like twenty of Awakening’s forty members come out to help with thissmall gardening project. Good luck getting 50% participation out of most churches on a work day.

Next garden day, September 10!


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About coleyoakum

My name is Coleman Yoakum. I am formerly a student at Harding University. Today you can find me in Detroit Michigan doing what I can to expand the Kingdom of God and preparing to start an intentional community in Pontiac. I enjoy reading, writing, photography, music and politics. I am sure that all of these things will find their way to this blog from time to time. Twitter: coleyoakum Facebook: Coleman Yoakum Email: coleyoakum@gmail.com Flickr: flickr.com/photos/coleyoakum/

5 responses to “Urban Gardening”

  1. Nelson Shake says :

    Love it! This is so awesome to hear, man. And to be doing it with other people together—no better combination.

  2. Andrea Matthews says :

    Bah! Why do I already have 10 different plans that day?! So exciting to hear cool things like this happening. God is good!

  3. Matt says :

    You know I’m a big fan of community gardening! Keep up the good work!

  4. Sarah says :

    Coleman, I love this so much. Good job.

  5. coleyoakum says :

    Thanks guys, it is a very small way to do our best to put a dent in a huge problem.

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