When the city of Detroit is mentioned does farmland come to mind? Fiskars Project Orange Thumb Grant recipients were announced in late Spring of this year. Over 20 communities across America received $3,500 toward tools and supplies to assist in growing gardens. One of the recipients was Southwest Housing Solutions in Detroit Michigan. Today I got to speak with Matthew who is with Southwest Housing Solutions heading up instulations of community gardens in abandon lots in Detroit helping residents learn how to grow food.
Southwest Housing Solutions Community Garden
Matthew sent me the photos featured on this article featuring the community garden located in the area known as ‘Mexican Town’ or Southwest Detroit. This area is primarily Hispanic and has many restaurants and grocery stores are scarce. Most of the community would have to take a bus to get to a grocery store which could be 2 hours away. The Southwest Housing Solutions through this project is helping residents learn how to grow food in their community.
SOUTHWEST HOUSING SOLUTIONS, DETROIT, MI
Southwest Housing Solutions turns vacant lots into thriving gardens with raised vegetable beds, to grow produce and help families reduce their food costs. The organization believes that transforming unused land into thriving green spaces brings positivity and light to once-desolate areas of the community. With its Fiskars Project Orange Thumb grant, Southwest Housing Solutions will triple the capacity of one garden, the Bagley Garden, with four additional raised beds, providing locally grown produce to more area residents. Read more at Fiskars.
Creating Veggie Gardens in Southwest Housing Solutions
In the presentation below Matthew of Southwest Housing Solutions shares with me how he is helping a community grow food. I had an awesome conversation with him learning about Detroits farm history along with new veggies to try in my own garden. It’s really cool to learn after looking at the beautiful images Matthew provided that he is NEW to gardening himself.
During this presentation Matthew mentioned growing Ground Cherry Tomatoes. I had never heard of them so I Googled and found them over at RareSeeds.com I really want to try growing these in my garden next year after hearing about how yummy they are and the fact that Matthew is enjoying them now when we’ve been dealing with crazy unseasonable weather.
Do you have a favorite recipe for Kale? Share with me… I need to go visit Matthew in the garden and share with his community some fun ways to prepare that delicious home grown treat!