protecting the earth
Raised Garden Boxes filled with food waste compost, mushroom compost, composted cow manure, and composted pine bark fines. Micro-Sprinklers are used for water conservation.
As the Urban Agricultural Arm of the Flint River Soil and Water Conservation District, we work to further the conservation, restoration, and protection of natural resources and maintain sustainable agricultural production in the Lower Flint River Basin.
We uses sustainable growing methods on all of our projects to preserve and enhance both the health of the environment and the individuals who work on the land.
We are working to enhance conservation efforts on small farms and urban settings.
Our vision is to close the loop on food waste by empowering community members and local businesses to divert their compostables items from the landfill and, instead, use those nutrients to build nutrient-rich soil. Closing the loop on food waste is imperative in building healthy soil, creating resilient, local food systems, and fighting climate change.
We preserve and create gardens and landscapes that help revive the health of bees, butterflies, birds, bats and other pollinators. We will encourage individuals, kids and families to spend time outdoors and make a connection between pollinators and the healthy food people eat.
Through rainwater harvesting, we help divert, capture, and store rainwater for future use. We are working to reduce our impact on our water supply plus reduce “run-off” erosion and contamination of surface water.
YOUTH FARM STANDS
We work with local schools to coordinate youth farm stands ran by young people. The youth farm stands offer healthy food to communities, promote nutrition, demonstrate healthy meal preparation in partnership with local chefs and develop community capacity and leadership.
We create unique opportunity to combine education with farming operations. We grow vegetables, fruits, herbs, and flowers throughout the Good Life City that is distributed to hunger relief organizations, community markets, and restaurants.