To Brother Rick Samyn, O.F.M. Capuchin and master gardener, growing food is about more than planting and harvesting. It is about teaching kids to eat better and sharing with them the human food relationship to Creation.
To that end, Samyn began the Earth Works Urban Farm Project to address the nutritional needs of Detroit’s poor. In partnership with the Gleaners Community Food Bank, and the Greening of Detroit, Samyn created a three-quarter acre farming project on Detroit’s east side. Earth Work’s goals are to create awareness of the need for sustainable food systems within our communities, and to promote healthier eating habits for youth. Much of the produce grown at Earth Works is distributed through the Women, Infant and Children (WIC) Project FRESH program in Detroit and Wayne County, and to the Capuchin Soup Kitchen.