I met Maureen and Jeff last summer when I helped build raised bed gardens for thier groundbreaking at the Crowley Park Sustainable Farm in Crowley Park in Dearborn, MI. It was a great experience and the kids were able to be involved which was great.
They are developing a huge area to be an organic farm that will provide free organic produce to local schools, low income families as well as anyone willing to help grow vegetables or donate. They also intend to sell organic vegetables at reasonable cost to the public to create jobs and support their initiatives. They seem to want every community to duplicate what they are doing here and they are sharing information and resources with anyone willing or interested. The only rough spot was that more people should have known about their event and what they are doing.
It seems that all a novice gardenner in Dearborn MI., needs is an invitation to help with this neighborhood organization's farm and they jump right. But the part I like is that parents who dedicate time to the project bring their children and before long, the children are pitching in. To see little ones digging in the huge piles of soil, having no destination in mind for the dirt but having fun, is great. Watching a child pull on something green in the bed and see something orange come out is a mystery being solved in one moment in time. These are the small victories in the huge overall plan to feed hungry people that is the goal of the Going Green Foundation.
The Going Green Foundation was founded by a very dynamic person, Maureen McIlrath. After being laid off from her job, she made her own job from her passion. The foundation gets grants for the organic farm, which last summer, the crops were given to homeless shelters. Now the foundation is working with the local highschool to promote an agricultural program, garden and greenhouse. The enthusiasm from the teachers and students is enhanced from Maureen's energy in promoting the goals of The Going Green Foundation.