Community garden in Detroit helping to prevent kidney disease

Posted at 1:47 PM, Aug 25, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-25 13:54:16-04

A community garden in West Detroit is doing more than feeding neighbors. It may look like an ordinary garden sitting on a lot in Detroit, but is a tool meant to help prevent kidney disease.

The In Memory of Community Garden, located on 6550 Auburn St., plants seeds in the ground for vegetables -- and plants seeds in young minds for eating healthy.

The garden sits on two lots on the corner of Minock and Whitlock Streets

Volunteers, like Jalyn Wallace from the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan, are showing children why these vegetables should end up on their plates.

"How we can take what's here in the garden and take it back at home to make healthy meals," she said.

Why is the focus on eating healthy food to help prevent kidney disease?

Because the three root causes of kidney problems stem from obesity, diabetes and high blood pressure. 

Community volunteers who help maintain the garden can take home the vegetables. Anything left over goes to food pantries.

This is a nonprofit that relies on donations. You can learn more about them on their Facebook page.