Residential Collaboration for Neighborhood Peace

3 November, 2012

In 2011, Bread for the Journey of Southwest Michigan provided a grant for Katie Pearson of Tabitha Farm Urban Homestead and Community Garden, formerly Tree of Life, to expand the community garden that is helping to heal and empower her transitional neighborhood in Kalamazoo, MI. (Listen to an inspiring BFJ Radio interview with Katie from June 2, 2012.) In 2012, Bread for the Journey of Southwest Michigan was happy to partner with Bread for the Journey of Marin County to provide an $850 grant enabling Katie to visit Casa de Paz, an urban garden located on the borderline of two gang territories in Oakland, CA. There she visited with Pancho Ramos-Stierle and the other residents of Casa de Paz, sharing time, strategies, and experiences, to help them all work toward the common goals of furthering peace and building community. Bread for the Journey chapters partnering to provide a micro-grant enabling a cross-country partnership for urban gardeners and peace workers: this is a quintessential Bread for the Journey story. Local communities stretching hands across the country to support one another in their local work.