The following two articles were submitted by the amazing farm workers/Youth Growing Detroit participants/flat out beautiful people Deja and Denae Smith. Both were printed in Feedom Freedom Growers’ newsletter issue 2.
My Experience in the Garden (by Denae Smith)
My Experience in the Garden was a good learning experience. I learned how to plant seed, grow, weed and even harvest food. My Auntie Myrtle helped me a lot with learning the plants. My favorite food in the garden is squash and my favorite fruit in the garden is watermelon. Even though I don’t like everything in the garden, I still try the food. The good thing about the garden is that we don’t use pesticides; they are really harmful to your body. We even have a compost bin so that we can recycle fresh food items. We also went to the Eastern Market to sell fresh produce and customers will ask us if we use pesticides and we say no. We also got to visit at other community gardens and learned how to harvest our produce. That’s my experience in the garden.
Healthy Growing Gardens (by Deja Smith)
Hi, my name is Deja and this is my first year gardening. I have been inspired and encouraged by the garden and my Auntie Myrtle. I have come a long way and have some things I can use later in life: 1) Believe in your experience; 2) Don’t think you are helping just yourself, you are helping the community; 3) Have more than one goal. Healthy eating means a healthy body, and we had a successful garden. What I mean is growing lots of fruits and vegetables that are good for you. To eat healthy to me means keeping your meals balanced. Keep HEALTHY FOOD UP AND JUNK FOODS DOWN – this is very important. Growing and keeping the garden together can sometimes be boring. But there were fun times too. The summits were fun because we would meet new people and play games. We had fun and everything worked out ok. Remember if you’re growing a garden you are growing your community.