DETROIT (WWJ) – Celebrating Earth Week, a new project brings fresh produce to Detroit residents who don’t have access to good markets.
The project was launched on East Jefferson near Fairview where Taja Sevelle, Founder and Executive Director of the non-profit organization Urban Farming-T which debuted it’s newest community garden.
“We’d like to see an end to hunger in our generation. And what we do is we plant food on unused land and space and we give it to people in need,” she said.READ MORE: Court OKs Law That Carries More Cash Penalties For Convicts
“We’re going to plant some collard greens… some cabbage, some purple cabbage. We’ll have some onions and… some lettuce. And then we’ll plant some pansies,” said Sevelle.READ MORE: CDC Chief Urges Michigan To ‘Close Things Down’ Amid Spike
“Then when the frost lifts — I think that’ll probably be sometime after May 7th, then we’ll start planting the tomatoes and some other plants,” she said.
Sevelle said she founded Urban Farming-T in 2005 with three gardens, a pamphlet and $5,000. They now have over 24,000 community and residential gardens across the country and abroad.MORE NEWS: Stimulus Check Update: Is A Fourth Relief Payment Coming Your Way?
On city-owned lots, the gardens are accessible 24/7.