The Oakland Avenue Urban Farm has been an important community hub in Detroit's North End neighborhood. The farm not only grows produce for wholesale at its weekly farmers market, but also hosts all kinds of community events, like music performances and workshops, and employs local residents.
In this video, Jerry Hebron, who's also the executive director of the North End Christian Community Development Corporation, describes the work of her farm and its importance to the community. "We started with food," says Hebron, "and are now involved in the employment part of our work, and later on we will be looking at housing."
This story is part of The Community Development Advocates of Detroit's (CDAD) Community Storytelling Initiative, a project to share important stories of work being done in Detroit's world of community development. Storytelling by Troy Anderson with assistance from Final5.
CDAD is a nonprofit membership organization that is a catalyst for transformation of Detroit neighborhoods, led and inspired by residents, community-based organizations, and other stakeholders.