Fostering Community

Civil Eats shares the story of Roxanne Adair, who created an urban farm in Flint, Michigan, recently named one of America’s most violent cities:

“While Flint River Farm is filled with fresh produce, the neighborhood still faces its challenges. Across the street is a burned-out convenience store. The main drag, Saginaw Street, is a block away and is home to strip clubs, a pawn shop, and a liquor store.

“Theft is a frequent problem on the farm, but Adair doesn’t begrudge her hungry visitors. ‘If you need [food] bad enough to steal it, you need it more than I do,’ she says. But, she encourages people to reach out to her first: ‘Tell me and I will harvest it for you. I’ll wash it for you and have it ready.'”