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Our Person of the Week grows crops and feeds children

October 25 2013 | 1 comment

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John Wisniewski has spent hours working the soil of a former ball diamond behind Drew Transition Center, turning it into a garden—a garden where seeds are sown and the by-product of the labor feeds stomachs and minds. He’s our Detroit 2020 Person of the Week.

“It’s a passion, its more, it’s not a job, I mean this is what I love to do,” John Wisniewski tells Detroit 2020.

Cold weather crops fill the one-acre garden now.  The hoop-style greenhouse nearby is producing the last of the cucumber, green pepper and cherry tomato crop.

“How much safer can it be for me to grow food from here and take it a few hundred feet into a kitchen to feed the children,” Wisniewski said.

The Farm to School program is a concept Farmer John hopes to see expanded to DPS schools across the city.

“Maybe things have not been right for a long time but, you know, there are some of us out here that are just trying to do something different, trying to take away that misconception and trying to bring change,” he added. “And to be doing it here in Detroit is just, I mean, yeah, I’ve worked a lot of long hours, put my heart and sole into it, but, ya know, when I say, go home very tired at night sometime, but it’s a very gratifying, satisfying tired.”

For growing crops and nurturing people, Detroit 2020 honors Farmer John Wisniewski as our Detroit 2020 Person of the Week.

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  1. shawn warren October 25, 2013

    I’m so glad to watch this clip and to hear the sincerity in Mr. Wisnieski’s voice. Thank you all!


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