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  • Dearborn, Mich. — Whether you first learned of the Ford Blue Oval Network through a scholarship or a College Community Challenge grant, it’s highly likely you quickly learned FBON is about helping to make lives better.

    The Full Circle Community Garden Program may have won a 2016 C3 grant, but their work isn’t isolated to only their project. Continuing the tradition of volunteering, the Wayne State class that developed the garden C3 project recently met to transplant celery seedlings in the warmth of the Keep Growing Detroit greenhouse.

    While cold winter wind swirled outside, course instructor Diane Van Buren and 16 students, along with KGD and Repair the World Detroit representatives, transplanted thousands of seedlings which will have a ripple effect. Last year, the Plum Street Market garden that sits in the shadow of the MGM Grand Detroit, supported 23,348 residents in 1,547 gardens throughout the city, according to their website. Since one celery stalk comes from each seedling, several plants are needed to contribute to the 200,000 seedlings planted in gardens and farms across Detroit.

    Some of the Wayne State students braved the wind to do a little pruning of the berry briers outdoors, carefully cutting away the dead portions and noting the new growth. As part of the Honors College curriculum, the students learn principles of sustainability and fundraising. This late March volunteer work helped widen the perspective of garden operations.

  • Welcome to the Greenhouse sign in Keep Growing Detroit greenhouse.
  • Full Circle Community Garden students replanting thousands of celery seedlings.
  • A Wayne State student carefully separates celery seedlings for Keep Growing Detroit clients to plant around the city.
  • Thousands of celery seedlings are needed to supply pantries and gardens in Detroit.
  • Wayne State students pruning berry briers in downtown Detroit at Keep Growing Detroit.
  • Diane Van Buren and Amanpreet of Wayne State talk with FBON staffer during Keep Growing Detroit volunteer session.
  • Many hands make for lighter work when transplanting thousands of celery seedlings in a green house.