52 | theTYPEAhippie Podcast | ChiCast: Sower of Social Justice and Vegetables (Melvin Parson)
Melvin is an amazing human who loves the outdoors, farming and social justice. He's the sower of social justice and wants community farming to be diverse and accessible to all, but especially to young black boys and men so that they are able to see themselves represented and know that they are eligible too.
Melvin Parson attended Eastern Michigan University for both his Bachelors and his Masters in Social Work degrees. He lives in Ypsilanti, MI. He's the founder of We the People's Grower's Assocation (WTPGA) which is dedicated to building stronger communities, to foster a system that helps improve lives by developing skills and positive social networks that empower people to make a positive contribution to the community, to provide support in relation to valuable self-esteem building, to also provide jobs and education using gardening/farming as the vehicle. WTPGA will provide support in an effort to produce stronger communities. WTPGA’s contribution will center on growing chemical free vegetables while making them affordable and accessible in the community. This effort will be done with help of inter-agency collaborations, support from the community. In the spring of 2016 WTPGA plans to hire several part time staff members directly from the community and hopefully enlist a host of volunteers that believe in our efforts.
To connect with Melvin:
* Facebook: We the People's Grower's Association