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 through July, 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.
Jacky and Dora King, karate masters, teach students how to farm on Youth Karate-Ka: Harvesting Earth Farm in Beecher, a community near Flint. The Kings perceive karate and farming as self-defense. The former is a physical self defense; the latter is an economic self defense. The Kings and their students provide the community with organic food, as well as keeps the money in Flint.
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