Detroit cultivators changing the urban landscape | Michigan Chronicle Jerry Hebron and her enthusiastic team are flipping the script, erasing despair, and replacing it with a heavy dose of self-determination.

In less than 10 years they have transformed a portion of the North End into innovative an landscape that could set the pattern for many Detroit neighborhoods.

Oakland Avenue Urban Farms located on the North End started in 2009 as a project derived from St. John Evangelist Temple of Truth and School of Wisdom, which is led by the Rev. Bertha L. Carter, Hebron’s mother. Carter challenged her congregation to provide food to area residents.

“The Oakland Avenue Urban Farms is a place where we are not only growing food, we cultivate youth, we cultivate art, we cultivate music, Hebron declared. “We truly cultivate much more than fruits and vegetables.”

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