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Hundreds flock to learn about urban ag in Edible Flint tour

What is it that makes gardening seem so wholesome? Whether it’s to beautify an altered landscape or to put juicy slices of tomato on a sandwich, gardens appeal to many – even those who don’t have a clue about how to get started. A recent MSU Extension program in Flint showed that the interest in gardening is serious and growing.

On August 29, residents filled busses to tour five different urban agriculture projects in Flint. The organizers of the Edible Flint Food Garden Tour expected about 40 or 50 interested tour participants. Imagine their surprise when more than 220 people showed up!

Kudoes to Terry McLean, MSUE horticulture educator, and the rest of the Genesee County staff members and Master Gardener volunteers who worked not only on the tour, but putting the plans in place to make sure that the people in their community have access to fresh vegetables.

Read more about the celebration of goodwill, community and food gardening here.

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St. Clair County garden teaches and feeds the hungry

It’s a tough dilemma. People are convicted of crimes that would normally result in a fine and court costs. Unfortunately, they don’t have the money for either. One judge in St. Clair County wanted to solve the problem by instituting more community service opportunities. The result? A community garden that will teach gardening techniques and feed the hungry—all while allowing people to complete their community service.

The garden came to fruition thanks to Liane Allen, 4-H program assistant in St. Clair County. Liane worked with 4-Hers and Master Gardener volunteers to set up a 50 x 80-foot fenced garden in a lot that would otherwise lay barren. The fruits—and vegetables—of their labor will be used to feed people who visit an area soup kitchen.

Read more in the Port Huron Times Herald.

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