Michigan State University faculty and students are producing a documentary on a vision of Flint as a healthier, greener city. It will show the challenges of bringing fresh produce to a food desert, feeding schools, providing educational options and battling bureaucracy.
On Wednesdays, Great Lakes Echo will run a segment expected to become a building block of the finished story. You can help.
The Greening of Flint main page is where to post questions, suggest interviews, make comments or offer suggestions to help producers tell the story of a city trying to re-grow its roots literally and figuratively as a model for post-industrial revitalization. It also contains links to each of the published segments and tells which ones are coming up.
An 8-minute version of the story of Jackie and Dora King and their Youth Karate-Ka: Harvesting Earth Farm, where kids learn to grow food and practice martial arts. The project turned a lot covered in garbage to productive urban farm. Flint Mayor Dayne Walling says urban gardening is fine, but Flint needs more jobs than that can provide.