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Greening Detroit: Spirit of Hope Urban Farm Brings Bounty to the Motor City

A community garden in Detroit is one of hundreds bringing bounty to formerly blighted neighborhoods.



The Spirit of Hope gardeners built raised beds out of used tires—one of many low-tech ways the group salvages waste and saves money.
Photo By Cybelle Codish
Spirit of Hope Urban Farm founder Kathleen Devlin provides fresh food and a garden education to her community.
Photo By Cybelle Codish
Spirit of Hope Urban Farm is on a formerly empty parcel of land next door to Spirit of Hope church. The farm works with the church’s Sunshine Community Preschool to teach kids about growing food and eating well. Before starting her seeds in early spring, Devlin asks the children who work in the garden what plants they want to grow.
Photo By Cybelle Codish
Garlic chives are one of many tasty herbs Spirit of Hope grows.
Photo By Cybelle Codish
Spirit of Hope donated more than 3,000 pounds of fresh produce to its local food pantry last year.
Photo By Cybelle Codish
The preschoolers don’t work in the garden on one specific day a week. “We try to work the garden and healthy food education into their everyday lives and school curriculum,” Devlin says.
Photo By Cybelle Codish
Gardening helps teach the children to try new kinds of vegetables and fruits.
Photo By Cybelle Codish
The farm’s two dozen chickens provide eggs, control insects and provide compost for the garden.
Photo By Cybelle Codish
The garden’s turkey offers entertainment for the kids and garden volunteers.
Photo By Cybelle Codish
The Spirit of Hope gardeners built raised beds out of used tires—one of many low-tech ways the group salvages waste and saves money.
Photo By Cybelle Codish
Swiss chard is extremely nutritious and brings bright color to the garden.
Photo By Cybelle Codish
The Spirit of Hope gardeners built raised beds out of used tires—one of many low-tech ways the group salvages waste and saves money.
Photo By Cybelle Codish





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