VIDEO: Fighting to farm by greening the rust belt


By Troy Hale & Geri Alumit Zeldes
Great Lakes Echo
Sept. 9, 2009

Each week about 50 high school and college students feed the hens, tend the greenhouse and sift the new compost at Harvesting Earth Educational Farm located in Beecher, a community outside of Flint.

To break up the tasks, farm owners Master Jacky and Dora King, black belts in karate, teach these young workers self-defense moves using rakes, hoes and shovels.

For many of these young people, this is their first job.

For the Kings, the farm is sowing the seeds of sustainable agriculture that may save Flint.

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3 thoughts on “VIDEO: Fighting to farm by greening the rust belt

  1. Nice, about the “rust belt” vs “green belt” cliche. Reading this blog feels like i popped my clutch and my engine revved simultanously. Not much movement for me– thanks for attempting.

  2. Great things are happening in Flint and surrounding areas. I salute the young men and women at the Harvesting Earth Educational Farm – Well Done!! Master Jacky and Dora King, your leadership is wonderful!!

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