Community Gardens Grow More Than Just Food

Last Friday Executive Director Margaret DeVos led a salon at the Athenaeum and spoke about the role of food in community development. Margaret shared  her prior work with community economic development in Detroit’s Mexicantown and her vision for using urban agriculture to strengthen the greater community of Providence.

Mexicantown was once a thriving community in Detroit. However, between the 60s and 80s, Mexicantown’s population heavily declined due to several factors, including loss of economic opportunity. As a result, the neighborhood became riddled with vacant land and urban blight. Margaret worked to revitalize the once bustling neighborhood of Mexicantown and, through this work, came to realize the power of food to facilitate economic opportunity and ultimately serve as a medium through which a community can sustainably develop.

Many thanks to the Athenaeum for inviting Margaret and coordinating this event!

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