Jacky and Dora King at Michigan Municipal League 2010 Convention
DEARBORN, Michigan - Starting up an urban garden on a vacant lot in your community won't solve all the economic challenges of the community, but can be a key piece to the puzzle. That was the key message Wednesday during a seminar on green initiatives during the Michigan Municipal League's 2010 Annual Convention in Dearborn. The session panelists were Erin Caudell of the Ruth Mott Foundation and Jacky and Dora King of Harvesting Earth Farm near Flint, Michigan. View a clip (www.youtube.com/watch?v=BKTvhxbIn74) from a Michigan State University documentary about the Kings. The Kings started an urban garden in 2006 by turning an abandoned trash-ridden lot into what's now a vibrant urban garden that is selling its produce to the local community. The Kings, both karate instructors, also tie in the gardening program to their karate school - King's Karate. Karate students work the urban garden to learn life lessons and the importance of healthy eating.
Caudell gave a how-to lesson during the work shop and explained how help is available for people interested in starting an urban garden. For details about the League and what we do go to mml.org. For more information about our 112th Annual Convention running Sept. 21-24 in Dearborn go to convention.mml.org.