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King Yang Farm

Youth Karatica: Harvesting Earth Farm in Beecher, a community outside of Flint, Michigan

Videos produced by faculty, students, and summer camp participants at the Department for Telecommunication, Information Studies, and Media at Michigan State University

Each week in the summer, about 50 high school and college students feed the hens, tend the greenhouse and sift the new compost at Youth Karatica: Harvesting Earth Farm in Beecher, a community outside of Flint. At the same time, farm owners Master Jacky and Dora King, black belts in karate, teach these young workers self-defense with rakes, hoes and shovels. For many of these young students, this is their first job. For the Kings, the farm sows the seeds of a sustainable agriculture that may save Flint.

The Greening of Flint: The Kings of urban farming

May 27 2010
Great Lakes Echo

Michigan State University faculty and students are producing a documentary on a vision of Flint, Mich., 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.

See story here.