City Hall joining Flint’s urban agriculture movement
Garfield-Bunche Community Service Corp. worker Treva Yarbrough (left), 19, laughs at being called the queen of the garden while working with Latavious Harris, 20, at a community garden on East Myrtle Avenue in Flint on Thursday. Photo by Ryan Garza.
Urban agriculture work can even help address public safety.
By Kristin Longley
August 29, 2011
She also is part of what has become a social movement taking Flint by storm and that is winning international praise.
And, now urban gardening is also getting the official endorsement of the status quo.
City Hall is partnering with Michigan State University to develop a strategic plan for urban agriculture in Flint, including improving inner-city access to fresh produce and identifying proper zoning policies for urban gardens.
The strategy ultimately even will be a part of the city’s master plan, which outlines goals for the future and is being updated for the first time in more than 40 years, officials said.
The city government becoming involved in the process is unique and shows how strong of a role urban agriculture is playing in Flint on a national and international stage, said Professor Michael Hamm, chairman of the C.S. Mott Group for Sustainable Agriculture at MSU.