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Sun May 8, 2011
Flint "karate farmers" win award
Two black belts have combined karate and urban farming, in a push to revitalize a Flint-area neighborhood, and they’ve just won the Small Farmer of the Year award for Michigan.
On their website, the King's say they employ local youth to help out on the farm.
"We have had students who did not know that potatoes grow in the ground, but thought instead they grew in trees!"
The Flint Journal reports the couple beat out farmers in Isabella and Ionia counties for the award.
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.