(04/16/14) - It's a bit chilly for mid-April, but activity is beginning to heat up at Jacky and Dora King's Harvesting Earth Educational Farm in Genesee Township.
"We'll be planting today. You come in here tomorrow, and this place will be completely changed now that the weather is starting to break a bit," Jacky said.
The urban farm is now entering it's seventh spring and summer seasons. Over the next few weeks, aquaponics are among several new features being put in place.
"We've got our fish coming in, our worms, and of course our poultry. We're just enjoying it, and we hope the kids enjoy it and it's building the community," Jacky said.
To help continue that process, Jacky spent the last week in New York, exchanging ideas with other urban farmers.
"Down in Brooklyn and Queens. I saw rooftop gardens in Manhattan. I was just really inspired to get back and get working," he said.
The King's farm stretches over 13 formerly vacant lots throughout Genesee County - with a few new projects under development.
"We're in the process of getting our fourth green house and we're just going to keep growing, as long as we have the workers," Jacky said.
Along with warmer temperatures will come summer job opportunities down on the farm. Jacky is looking to hire around 25 people to make this operation run smoothly.
"It's a disciplined thing for young people to learn, and it's really good for them to learn agriculture," he said.
The goal for this summer is to make the King's locally grown food more accessible to the public than ever before.
"Putting our own organic market in. We're certified organic. We'll also be working down at the Flint Farmers' Market, and hopefully we can get a relationship with the Davison Farmer's Market. If you have good food, you're going to sell it," Jacky said.
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