Dedication of the Debbie Stabenow Urban Agricultural Center
U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, visited Detroit Public Schools Community District’s (DPSCD) Frederick Douglass Academy for Young Men
on Tuesday, October 25,
as part of a dedication and ribbon cutting of The Debbie Stabenow Urban Agricultural Center.
According to Betti Wiggins, DPSCD’s Office of School Nutrition (OSN) executive director, the dedication is well deserved. “Senator Stabenow has been a staunch supporter of our farm and garden program and so much more,” said Wiggins. “Through her efforts to increase access to healthy foods by way of Michigan growers and school gardens, many students, staff and the surrounding communities have benefitted greatly.”
The dedication comes on the heels of the recent announcement of The Urban Agriculture Act of 2016 which the Senator stated as ‘the most comprehensive urban agriculture legislation to be introduced in Congress. Once passed, the legislation will create new economic opportunities, funding support, and create healthier environments for many surrounding cities.
The Debbie Stabenow Urban Agricultural Center will encompass a school garden and a hoop house recently erected to grow produce year-round on the campus of Frederick Douglass Academy. The hoop house was funded by the Office of the Under Secretary for Civil Rights and part of an urban initiative program of the USDA. It will be a resource for individuals, particularly students, interested in urban agriculture.