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We The People Growers Association: Harvest Festival of Thanks!

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Grace Fellowship Church House of Solutions

1301 South Harris Road

Ypsilanti, MI 48198

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On Saturday, October 27th, 2018 from 12:00-3:00 at Grace Fellowship Church in Ypsilanti, where Melvin Parson oversees the farming of a substantial amount of the church’s sunny property, We The People Growers Association will host its second annual Festival of Thanks. The event will be free and open to the public; some 200 people are expected. All of the food and beverages will be donated, and there will be fun and games for all.

ABOUT MELVIN PARSON AND WE THE PEOPLE GROWERS ASSOCIATION

Melvin Parson started planting seeds in 2014 at Avalon Housing through their Edible Avalon program. A friend named Verna had sadly passed away; however, she had left him her garden. “I have no idea how I ended up with it,” Melvin once reminisced, “but there I was cleaning out her vegetable bed, and I swear I could feel her spirit. I looked up and thought, I don’t know what I’m doing, but I’m going to do the best I can in honor of you.”

Soon afterward, he began growing crops on the grounds of Grace Fellowship Church and involving community residents in the effort, what he named “We The People Growers Association.” Produce is now sold to several local restaurants and profits are turned back into the soil. What Melvin is nurturing is something far greater than his farm.

He has a vision for the future. It includes a larger, 5-acre farm, at minimum, with hoop houses and other amenities. He plans to hire local citizens, including formerly incarcerated individuals, who will, in turn, contribute to their families and to the community. What he wants is to create meaningful jobs and help change lives for the better.

“I don’t just want to help individuals get better by putting them back in the soil that made them sick to begin with. I want to change the soil, then plant the seeds and watch them grow.”

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Please join us as we say THANK YOU to our beloved community and all of the people who, like Verna, have poured their hearts into We The People Growers Association and have helped Farmer Parson along the way. We look forward to announcing plans at the event for what will be called the “We The People Opportunity Center,” the Association’s nonprofit, world class urban farm to open in 2019 at a new location in Ypsilanti.

**You are not required to register to attend, but your RSVP is appreciated.

Thank you!

The Harvest Fest Event Committee

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Grace Fellowship Church House of Solutions

1301 South Harris Road

Ypsilanti, MI 48198

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