I’m researching with the Michigan State University Extension: Detroit Partnership for Food, Learning, and Innovation (DPFLI) this summer. This organization grows food in an urban garden and donates it to 2 food pantries in the Brightmoor area. Their most recent mission is to grow an edible food forest with 200 varieties of fruit and nuts that the surrounding community can come and harvest. Currently, I help maintain the site daily and report on the health of the plants. I really value this organization’s mission because lack of access to fresh healthy food is a huge problem in urban communities and can lead to health and wealth disparities. The DPFLI is trying to combat this problem by bringing food to the community and giving community members the chance to interact with their food.
Interacting with the other DCERP fellows has been really amazing, everyone is friendly and we’ve had some interesting discussions as a group. I’m excited to get to know each other better!