There are many ways to work towards equity and opportunity in our community, but urban farming might not be the first thing that comes to mind. Melvin Parsons saw the trade as a way forward for himself and is now expanding and giving back through his “We the People Growers Association” and the “We the People Opportunity Center.” Parson joined WEMU’s David Fair for this week’s installment of “Washtenaw United.”
WEMU has partnered with the United Way of Washtenaw County to explore the people, organizations, and institutions creating opportunity and equity in our area. And, as part of this ongoing series, you’ll also hear from the people benefiting and growing from the investments being made in the areas of our community where there are gaps in available services. It is a community voice. It is ‘Washtenaw United.’
Melvin Parson is the founder of We The People Opportunity Center (WTPOC) in Ypsilanti. As an urban farmer, social justice and equality activist, Parson founded WTPGA to empower people to make a positive contribution to their community through education and positive social networks using gardening and farming as the vehicle for change. Melvin was also chosen at The Henry Ford’s inaugural entrepreneur in residence.