Michigan State University faculty and students are producing a documentary on a vision of Flint 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. You can help.
The Greening of Flint main page is where to post questions, suggest interviews, make comments or offer suggestions to help producers tell the story of a city trying to re-grow its roots literally and figuratively as a model for post-industrial revitalization. It also contains links to each of the published segments and tells which ones are coming up.
Brian Johns of The Youth Farm Stand program at Holmes Foundation Academy in Flint, teaches students to grow vegetables using traditional farming methods, as well as cutting-edge technologies such as hydroponics and aquaponics. Johns also teaches the students to prepare and sell the 75 pounds of produce and 10 pounds of fish they grow each month.