Farmer's Market

Global Youth Service Day and the College for Creative Studies CPAD Earth and Sky Repose Youth Component Dedication

Mission

We are improving the quality of life by making locally grown fruits and vegetables available, providing healthy eating/cooking education and creating green jobs.

Vision

Our vision is a community being healthier, youth making better eating choices, youth and families taking ownership of their community, a community with beautiful clean green spaces, and a community economically sustainable.

Values

  • Professional
  • Commited to excellence
  • Commited to care of the environment
  • Excellent customer service

It was in 2008 that we started planning the Oakland Avenue Community Garden with the inclusion of the community residents, Greening of Detroit and stakeholders. We broke ground April of 2009 on Global Youth day with the volunteers from Greening of Detroit and Youthville of Detroit. In 2009, we grew tomatoes, green beans, lettuce, collards, peppers, kale, potatoes, strawberries, rasberries, onion and cabbage. All produce was available for the community to freely harvest and fed over 100 families.

in 2010, we grew over 1700 lbs. of produce; tomatoes, green beans, squash, cucumbers, peppers, herbs, beets, eggplant, carrots, lettuce, greens, collards, spinach, kale, cabbage, crowder and black eye peas, onions, potatoes, strawberries, watermelon, cantaloupe and broccoli. Over 500 families from the community visited and harvested as needed and often volunteered their time during the season.

Farmers Market Grand Opening

We will open the Oakland Avenue Farmers Market on May 14, 2011 with a new goal of bringing jobs to the community. We have a team of eleven committed individuals developing green skills. Our youth group (St. John's Youth Making a Difference) has over twenty-five member agres 5 to 16. We are leading the other five major community gardens in strategic production growing and plan to expand the number of jobs we create by year 2016 to twenty. We are brining value added products (fresh fruits and vegetables grown using organic methods), a clean green social space, and a venue promoting economic growth in our community.

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