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Press Release

July 15, 2010

CONTACT:   Matt Bach
Dir. of Communications
Michigan Municipal League
(734) 669-6317 or

Flint-Area Couple Grow Urban Agriculture Trend

Jacky and Dora King to Appear at League Convention

Dearborn, Michigan (July 15, 2010) – Urban agriculture will be a featured topic at the Michigan Municipal League's 112th Annual Convention in Dearborn, Sept. 21-24.

Jacky and Dora King operate King Karate in the Beecher district of Flint, Michigan and the Youth Karate-Ka Association, which provides a place for at-risk youth to be educated and trained in the martial arts. The couple also are among the founders and driving forces of the Flint area's urban agriculture movement.

The Kings founded Harvesting Earth Educational Farm in Beecher, just north of Flint in Genesee and Mt. Morris townships. Students from their Karate school work on the urban farm to learn life-lessons and the importance of healthy eating and giving back to their community. Jacky is an 8th degree black belt Karate instructor who, along with his wife, Dora, a 6th degree black belt Karate instructor, started the Harvesting Earth Educational Farm in 2006. With the help of volunteers and their Karate students the urban farm now covers 13 formerly vacant city lots, and includes a hoop house that extends the growing season. Their work in Flint in using urban gardening to help instruct their Karate students has gained national media attention. Michigan State University faculty and students are producing a documentary about the efforts to make Flint, Michigan, a healthier, greener community. The documentary will include footage from the work at the Harvesting Earth Educational Farm. Several YouTube videos are available online to offer a sneak peek.

Joining the Kings at the convention session will be Erin Caudell, outreach program coordinator at the Ruth Mott Foundation in Flint. She’s also an education specialist and horticulturalist for the Ruth Mott Foundation and writes a biweekly gardening column in a local newspaper. She’s a leader in the urban gardening movement gaining momentum in communities throughout the nation. Erin has helped start numerous urban gardens in mid-Michigan and will give tips and advice on how your community can start an urban garden. Caudell will conduct this session along with Jacky and Dora King.


For more information contact, Matt Bach, communications director for the Michigan Municipal League at (734) 669-6317 or

The Michigan Municipal League advocates on behalf of its member communities in Lansing, Washington D.C., and the courts; provides educational opportunities for elected and appointed municipal officials; and assists municipal leaders in administering services to their communities through League programs and services.




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