land conservation en Artists find inspiration in the land <p>A new art show is the product of an interesting collaboration between artists and land owners. It will be at the <span style="line-height:21px;"><a href="">Matthaei Botanical Gardens</a> in Ann Arbor from</span> October 12th until November 10th.</p><p>It&#39;s sponsored by&nbsp;<a href="">The Legacy Land Conservancy</a> and it&#39;s also a fundraiser for the non-profit. The organizers were hoping to find a way to help people learn more about the protected land that the organization helps secure.</p> Thu, 10 Oct 2013 18:53:56 +0000 Kyle Norris 14797 at Artists find inspiration in the land Flint "karate farmers" win award <p>Two black belts have combined karate and urban farming, in a push to revitalize a Flint-area neighborhood, and they&rsquo;ve just won the Small Farmer of the Year award for Michigan.</p><p>The award goes to husband and wife, Jacky and Dora King. They run the <a href="">King&nbsp; Karate school</a> and the <a href="">Harvesting Earth Educational Farm.</a></p><p>On their website, the King&#39;s say they employ local youth to help out on the farm.</p><blockquote><p>&quot;<span style="font-size: 10pt;">We have had students who did not know that potatoes grow in the ground, but thought instead they grew in trees!</span>&quot;</p></blockquote><p>The Flint Journal reports the couple beat out farmers in Isabella and Ionia counties for the award.</p><p>A spokesman for the U.S. Department of Agriculture says the award recognizes farmers based on their conservation efforts, such as preventing erosion and water contamination, and community involvement. The farm also has been nominated for the national Lloyd Wright Small Black Farmer Award. Sun, 08 May 2011 17:17:35 +0000 Kyle Norris 2400 at Flint "karate farmers" win award