Our Mission

Our mission is to break the cycle of incarceration in Washtenaw County by investing in the employment and development of formally incarcerated men and women through farming and community engagement.

About Us

In 2015 "Farmer" Melvin Parson founded We the People Grower’s Association (WTPGA). His vision was to create a sustainable farming system which could support a workforce of formerly incarcerated men and women. 

Out of this was born We The People Opportunity Center (WTPOC), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization which was started in December of 2018.

We have recently changed our name to We The People Opportunity Farm (WTPOF), and feel this name more accurately reflects where the core of our work takes place. Although our name has changed, our mission remains the same. 


  • Currently developing a nine (9) month paid internship program for men and women returning home from incarceration. After completion, we look to guide our interns towards continued education and employment in the food, nutrition and health services industries. 
Community Partners Include:
  • Washtenaw County Sheriffs Office Street Outreach program
  • United Way of  Washtenaw County
  • Changing the soil in the lives of those we come into contact with
  • Using organic methods to grow our vegetables
  • Volunteer opportunities 

Find Us On:




Mailing Address:

3000 Green Street #131382
Ann Arbor, MI 48113

Farm Address:

1301 S Harris Road
Ypsilanti, MI 48198