On September 15th, a group of Macomb students volunteered their time with Keep Growing Detroit, an organization working to improve food options in the city. The trip, organized by Macomb’s Student Life and Leadership department, gave these students the chance to help tend to an urban farm. Here, one Macomb student, Lawrence Dudley, reflects on what the experience meant to him.
I became aware of the volunteer opportunities at Macomb from Jamie at Student Life and Leadership, after I happened to walk in one day after leaving the bookstore. I wanted to be involved.
I rode to Detroit with Jasmine and Rachel. It was a very pleasant trip there and back – we talked about family, school and volunteering opportunities. For me, volunteering at Keep Growing Detroit brought back memories of my childhood and farming on my grandfather’s farm.
It was a sight to behold: acres of farmland in the middle of a city skyline.
You sometimes forget where food comes from. I was thinking this as I was digging up potatoes after having had French fries with my lunch just an hour before.
I felt good in downtown Detroit getting my hands dirty farming. I was tired and sore when I left, but I would do it again. It was a small way to give back.
Want to get involved with a project like this? Contact Student Life and Leadership!