The Food Garden Tour is an annual event where participants from across Genesee County and neighboring areas travel by bus or bike to a variety of food gardens in the Flint area. The Tour also includes a celebration event afterwards where participants can gather, enjoy a light meal, and shares their thoughts about the event. The Food Garden Tour Work Group coordinates this event over the course of the year with the intent of celebrating the hard work of urban gardeners in Flint.
The purpose of edible flint's Food Garden Tour is to celebrate the innovative and inspiring urban food gardens in Flint and surrounding areas. The tour is able to showcase a diversity of urban gardens, with the goal of helping transform neighborhoods, increasing property values, employing youth, removing blight, increasing food access, improving diets and decreasing grocery bills.
The Food Garden Tour work group was an off shoot of Growing the Network and its scope quickly grew into a full fledged work group. We meet throughout the year in collaboration with other groups to bring a unified approach to the Food Garden Tour by collaborating with other workgroups and involving all edible flint participants. The first edible flint garden tour event took place in 2009, increasing in scale and scope in 2010. In 2011 sponsorships were an added element, as the event continued to grow and increase edible flint’s recognition in our community.