Farmer Melvin Parson was highlighted with, We the People Opportunity Farm along with other Ypsi and Farm Gardens by the Ypsi District Library.
"Melvin Parson started gardening in 2014 at Avalon Housing when his friend Verna sadly passed away and left him her garden plot. He didn’t know what he was doing but he felt her spirit and wanted to honor her by taking care of it. Out of a desire to start taking care of himself, he went to the farmer’s market to learn more about vegetables. While looking around Melvin noticed that the majority of vendors and visitors did not look like him. So he started to think about how he could really empower the Black community through farming."
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