If you are as behind on somethings as I am, then you might not have heard about the changes that have taken place within the Detroit Agriculture program/organization aka The Greening of Detroit. The 2013 Garden Resource Program is now being coordinated and directed by a new group, Keep Growing Detroit (KGD). The good thing is that KGD is made up of most of the same people we were working when it was called the Garden Resource Program (GRP). Yes, Lindsay, Eitan and “Tee” (Tepfirah) are still around but it looks like there are several new faces that are mixed with the old.
Why the change? I really can’t say. It is hard to ignore how political urban gardening has become so maybe this was brought about because there was a need to have one group focus solely on the political issues while the second focused exclusively on gardening. I would have to say that out of the gate the KGD is doing a fine job. There are a few things that are not the same but those I believe are cosmetic issues and it won’t be too long before they find their stride again, internally and externally.
I don’t make it habit to do financial appeals on my site but in this case I will make an exception. If you are looking for a worthy non-profit to donate to, become a member of the Keep Growing Detroit organization. You do not have to live in Detroit to be involved in their efforts to support urban gardening. All it takes is a $10 donation. If you would like to give more I am sure that they would accept it. They are a great group of dedicated people that work real hard to improve the resources and lives of Detroiter’s, young and old.
The Garden Resource Program coordinated by Keep Growing Detroit, supports over 1,400 gardens and farms across our community and is made possible through the collaboration of hundreds of community-based organizations and residents. And, though, you may support some of their collaborators and support organizations, there is nothing wrong with contributing directly to this group. All it takes is a phone call to (313) 757-2635 or email to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Your donation may make it possible for them to continue their seed/crop distribution program, field trips, horticultural/agriculture education series, Grown in Detroit, while they continue to provide garden-related resources and materials to their members throughout the city.
Keep Growing Detroit is one of the few programs where you can actually see your dollars of support hard at work. It is hard to drive anywhere in Detroit, Hamtramck and Highland Park and find a garden (school, community or family) that has not benefited from having an association with the program. They have my support…can you give them yours?
Please send your checks to…
Keep Growing Detroit 76 E. Forest Ave. Detroit, MI 48201
Keep up the good work, folks!
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