VACANT LOT TO BLOOMING PLOT – ONE WOMAN’S VISION

Walking along the streets of Detroit most people don’t even notice an open plot of land along the city streets.  One woman, however, saw the vacant land as a way to help ease  global hunger.  Taja Sevelle, singer, songwriter and Prince protégé, now devotes her time to Urban Farming a nonprofit organization started by her in 2005.    Their mission is “to create an abundance of food for people in need by planting, supporting and encouraging the establishment of gardens on unused land and space while increasing diversity, raising awareness for health and wellness, inspiring and educating youth, adults and seniors to create an economically sustainable system to uplift communities around the globe.” (http://www.urbanfarming.org/about.html)  Started in 2005 with 3 gardens, Urban Farming has grown to be over 55,000 gardens globally.  The food is grown on vacant plots of land and is free to anyone in need – no fences surround the gardens.  Urban Farming not only grows healthy food, but also builds strong roots within communities and families and educates citizens about the how and why of healthy eating.  Read more about Taja and her noble undertaking  Urban Farming at http://www.urbanfarming.org/.

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