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Edible Flint Opens 2019 Garden Season

Edible Flint will kick off the 2019 gardening season by hosting the Garden Starters annual workshop Garden Talk: “Healthy Soil – Healthy People”. This event will serve as the official application release for edible flint’s Garden Starters vegetable kits and garden services along with informational sessions for the public.

The kick-off will be held Thursday, Feb. 28 and will be hosted at the Neighborhood Engagement Hub located at 3216 Martin Luther King Ave. from 3 to 6 p.m. Attendees can enjoy the interactive vendor fair from community partners, and participate in workshops on soil health, nutrition, garden design, and pest control. Registration is available on their website edibleflint.org or just stop in. The workshop is free.

This will be the first day Genesee County residents can apply for the revised 2019 Garden Starters vegetable garden kit offering enough seeds and transplants to plant a 1000 sq. ft. garden for only $20.  Residents can also pick up an application for services including soil testing, tilling and compost delivery for gardens located in the City of Flint.

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 10 annual Food Garden Tours; collectively sold produce through the edible flint Co-op at the Flint Farmers’ Market; offered eight years of training classes on urban food gardening; completed two assessments of food access in the City of Flint in 2011 and 2012; and distributed Garden Starters vegetable kits and services for the past eight years, supporting a total of 1,335 food gardens in the city, including 126 community gardens. Since 2014, edible flint has maintained a demonstration community garden at 5th Ave. and Begole (across from Hurley Medical Center).  All the produce grown there has been donated to the community.

For more information on edible flint contact Deb Hamilton at (810) 244-8547 or info@edibleflint.org, find them at edibleflint.org, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

 

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