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Ypsilanti Farmer Grows Community And Hosts 'Harvest Festival Of Thanks'

Oct 16, 2018

"Harvest Festival of Thanks" Flyer
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The fall season is all about harvesting crops for the coming winter, and one local farmer wants to make this time of year something special.  89.1 WEMU's Lisa Barry talks to Ypsilanti farmer Melvin Parson about his "Harvest Festival of Thanks," which takes place on October 27th.


Farmer Melvin Parson
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Known as "Farmer Parson," Melvin Parson has been learning to farm recently after inheriting a small vegetable bed several years ago.  In addition to growing food, Parson wanted to create  a community garden and a space where people can come together and talk and share.

His farming prowess continues to evolve along with the produce he grows that is used in about a dozen restaurants in Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti.

He says in farming, as well as in life, it all depends on the soil.  If your soil is good, your plants will flourish.  Parson says the same thing applies to human beings.  Your soil is your environment.  He says the people you are surrounded by and the resources you have make a big impact on your life and success.  

Parson says in addition to kale and peppers and herbs, he wants to grow and build community as well.  So he's hosting a "Harvest Festival of Thanks," Saturday, October 27th from noon to 3pm.  There will be free food donated by area restaurants, kids activities, and a jazz group performing.

It will take place at 1301 South Harris Road in Ypsilanti.

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— Lisa Barry is the host of All Things Considered on WEMU. You can contact Lisa at 734.487.3363, on Twitter @LisaWEMU, or email her at lbarryma@emich.edu