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TOUR PROMOTING URBAN GARDENING COMES TO FLINT

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Fri, 10 May 2013 05:53:16 EDT

 




A COMPANY THAT'S LEADING A CROSS-COUNTRY TREK TO ENCOURAGE URBAN GARDENING AND DELIVER PLANTS AND PRODUCE IS STOPPING AT A FLINT SCHOOL.    THE BURPEE HOME GARDENS ``GROW ANYWHERE TOUR'' PLANS TO PARK FRIDAY AT FLINT'S DURANT-TUURI-MOTT ELEMENTARY SCHOOL. ORGANIZERS SAY THEY WILL DELIVER 1,300 POUNDS OF PRODUCE AND 500 VEGETABLE PLANTS. THEY ALSO WILL PROVIDE GARDENING SUPPORT MATERIALS IN AN EFFORT TO ENCOURAGE ``THE COMMUNITY TO GROW ITS OWN PRODUCE.'' DURANT-TUURI-MOTT PLANS TO CREATE ITS OWN URBAN GARDEN. FLINT, WHICH HAS STRUGGLED WITH BLIGHT, CRIME, JOBLESSNESS AND POPULATION LOSS, HAS BEEN IDENTIFIED BY AGRICULTURAL EXPERTS AS A PLACE WITH ``FOOD DESERTS.'' SUCH AREAS HAVE LITTLE OR NO ACCESS TO SUPERMARKETS THAT SELL FRESH AND AFFORDABLE FOODS.


 

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