Gardening to Make Beauty Out of Blight

Nathan Clarke

This short clip offers a glimpse into the cultural blight within Detroit after the housing foreclosures and abandonment that swept the area almost a decade ago. The video documents how youth and some committed adult volunteers have committed to adding beauty to this rather desolate place through the building of urban gardens throughout the neighbourhood.

Of particular interest is how the gardens are empowering the youth as themselves tenders and cultivators of the garden. In turn, the youth receive payment for their efforts through the sale of produce at local markets. This video is an encouraging glimpse of how we can work with the created environment to add beauty and hope to places so desperately in need of it.

Source: Christianity Today

View This Resource

comments powered by Disqus