karate http://michiganradio.org en Karate farmers take back the neighborhood http://michiganradio.org/post/karate-farmers-take-back-neighborhood <p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/michigan/local-michigan-976752.mp3</p><p>King Karate is a martial arts studio that&rsquo;s been in the Flint area for 22 years. But in the past few years, the couple who run the studio have broadened their definition of self-defense&hellip;and that&rsquo;s why they&rsquo;ve added farming to their arsenal.</p><p>18 year old Hakim Gillard has a lot on his plate today.</p><p>First he&rsquo;s got to harvest vegetables for tomorrow&rsquo;s farmer&rsquo;s market...</p> Tue, 05 Jul 2011 13:42:05 +0000 Kyle Norris 3146 at http://michiganradio.org Karate farmers take back the neighborhood Flint "karate farmers" win award http://michiganradio.org/post/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="http://kingkarate.org/">King&nbsp; Karate school</a> and the <a href="http://kingkarate.org/index.php/harvesting-earth-farm">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 http://michiganradio.org Flint "karate farmers" win award