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Memphis “Smart Mules” Win Award from the National Garden Association

Winners of the National Garden Association award, The Smart Mules themselves! Organizer Adam Guerrero with Jovantae Thomas, Shaquille Thomas, Jarvis Howard, Cortez Washington and Rodrick Daniels.

‘Harvest’ blight from the abandoned lots to compost and use as a mulch for a central mini-farm in Memphis.

Nov 10, 2012


The “Smart Mules” are a group of talented young men led by former teacher and GrowMemphis board member Adam Guerrero. Jarvis, Jovantae, Shaq, Cortez and Rodrick “harvest” the grasses and organic material from overgrown, abandon lots that dot the Shasta neighborhood of Memphis. They use the harvest as compost and mulch, and together have a vision for creating a mini-farm on the corner of Shasta and Trezevant. With a $1,000 from the NGA, this pioneering group of young men will be able to buy new equipment, increase the productivity of their work, and move closer to their long-term vision.

The Mayor was there to present an award. During the month of October, the National Garden Association used Neighborland to identify local projects that fulfilled their vision of community development through gardening, green space, and the environment. They offered $1,000 to the project that demonstrated the greatest local impact and the deepest measure of civic engagement. By offering real support, the NGA created a place on Neighborland where ideas of all stages—up-start efforts, existing projects, and plans on paper–we’re collected, and the people involved could connect. Of the many tremendous ideas, it was clear which inspiring project would have the biggest impact with the $1,000 grant.

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