edible flint announces: ‘Growing Flint: What the Flint Water Crisis Means for Your Garden’ program on March 1st
Since 2009, edible flint has been working with individuals and institutional partners to support Flint residents in growing and accessing healthy food in order to reconnect with the land and each other. In response to the recent Flint water emergency, the organization has plans to expand its programs as it prepares for the upcoming gardening season. edible flint still advocates for growing food gardens in the city, but recognizes that residents have concerns due to Flint’s water contamination. edible flint wants to make sure Flint residents have access to the information and resources they need to have healthy and successful food gardens in 2016.
edible flint is organizing an open house with educational sessions during a day-long program, “Growing Flint: What the Flint Water Crisis Means for Your Garden” on March 1, where residents can learn about how the Flint water crisis may have affected the safety of their food gardens. Throughout the day the public will have the opportunity to visit interactive displays with topics including soils, nutrition, recycling, rain barrels, raised beds, and garden tools. In addition to the displays, edible flint will host three presentations covering topics relevant to the Flint water crisis and food gardens: Soils 9:30am; Vegetables 12:30pm; and Water in the Garden at 5:30pm. At 3pm there will be an open forum where residents can talk to each other as well as local experts about concerns they may have about food gardening in Flint. During this event edible flint will roll out its 2016 Garden Starters Kit and Services order forms (see below), giving residents the opportunity to learn about how to grow safe and healthy food gardens this season as well as where they can order the veggie kits and services for success! The entire Growing Flint program is free and open to the public and will occur Tuesday, March 1, 9am-7pm at our partner organization, the Neighborhood Engagement Hub, located at 3216 M.L. King Ave in Flint.
Not only is edible flint looking to support additional food gardeners through its Garden Starters kits and services program and this Growing in Flint Program, it is currently adjusting the selection of seeds and transplants being distributed this year to ensure that more vegetables that fight lead exposure are included. In addition, edible flint will be significantly increasing the number of soil tests it conducts for Flint’s food gardens, which have always included screening for lead. edible flint also intends to provide hose filters for garden irrigation for Flint program participants. edible flint is accepting individual donations at www.edibleflint.org to support its expanded programming related to the Flint water crisis, as well as seeking additional funds from supportive organizations.
Have you been thinking about starting a vegetable garden but don’t know where to begin? The 2016 edible flint Garden Starters program can help!
edible flint Garden Starters Kits have everything you need to plant a vegetable garden as big as 30 feet by 50 feet! Each kit comes with many kinds of vegetable seeds (19 types) and transplants (11 types), and this year they include 11 types of veggies that help fight lead exposure through their nutrients (vitamin C; iron; calcium. Kits also include a helpful planting guide and sample garden designs. The kits are available to Genesee County residents, with a maximum of two kits may be ordered per person or group, while supplies last. Applications are available from March 1 - April 15, 2016. edible flint Garden Starter Services, including soil testing, tilling and compost & delivery, are available for food gardens located within the City of Flint, and the order forms to reserve these services for the 2016 growing season will also be available on March 1, 2016, while supplies last.
The edible flint Garden Starters Kits & Services are pre-purchased and fees can be paid with cash, check or money order payable to edible flint with the completed application. The 2016 Garden Starters kit & services application will be available at the MSU Extension Office, 605 N. Saginaw Street, Ste. 1A, Flint, MI 48502 or online at www.edibleflint.org under Upcoming Events for printing and mailing on March 1, 2016.
edible flint Distribution Day - Pickup your pre-purchased edible flint Garden Starters vegetable kits on Wednesday, May 18, 2016 from 2 - 7 p.m. The pickup location is at our partner organization, the Neighborhood Engagement Hub, 3216 M.L. King Ave., Flint 48505 (formerly Salem Housing Community Development Corporation). Informative demonstrations on rainbarrels, composting, tools, etc will be continuously shared while the vegetable kits are distributed. Visit www.edibleflint.org to review the upcoming events!
edible flint 2016 Food Garden Tour - Save the Date! Wednesday July 27, 2016. For more info, visit www.edibleflint.org
edible flint is a network of local residents and public and private organizations unified by the mission, “to support Flint residents in growing and accessing healthy food in order to reconnect with the land and each other.” edible flint formed in 2009 and since has hosted seven annual Food Garden Tours; offered five years of training classes on urban food gardening; completed assessments of food vendors in the City of Flint in 2011 and 2012; and distributed Garden Starter veggie garden kits and services for the past five years, supporting 826 food gardens in the city over the past five years. With this mission in mind, edible flint has divided its work among five different work groups, each of them self-organized to address specific issues and opportunities in our local food system. Download our brochure for more information.
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