Farmers are some of the worlds first makers. We love to celebrate their knowledge, passion and skills at Maker Faire Detroit.  This year we are excited to feature Farmer Melvin Parson and the We the People Growers Association from Ypsilanti, Michigan.

Their Story:

Founded in 2015 by Farmer Melvin Parson, We the People Grower’s Association (WTPGA) is a sustainable farming initiative dedicated to workforce development by creating dignified, employment and training for men and women returning home from incarceration.

Our vision has grown into the desire to create a world class urban farm. As a result, we have established We the People Opportunity Center. This non-profit organization is our catalyst to use the We the People Grower’s Association to do even more good in the world. The Opportunity Center, adjacent to the farm, will offer programming and employment readiness in organic farming and related fields to local youth and returning citizens.

Discover more at the We the People Grower’s Association pop-up mini farm market at Maker Faire Detroit July 27 – 28, 2019 at The Henry Ford.

You can also dig deeper during an inspiring talk and hands-on opportunity during the Faire — (limited capacity for the hands-on, first 25 participants) Saturday and Sunday 11:30 – Noon, near the Learning Hub in the Outdoor Midway.  The talk and hands-on features  Melvin Parson and T.C. Collins of Willow Run Acres.  These are awesome humans doing great work to create social justice, build community, and help folks eat healthier — this talk belongs on your don’t miss list if you are in to food, farming, or making great communities.





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