How Riet Schumack Is Helping Revitalize Detroit, One Garden At A Time

In 2006, Dutch native Riet Schumack moved her family from an affluent area in Detroit to one of the city’s toughest neighborhoods. The city of Brightmoor at the time was ridden with crime, drugs, and abandoned homes, and yet Riet says she felt a strong “calling” to move to this struggling community. That led her to take action. With a passion for gardening and children, Riet decided to start a garden for kids, which she named Brightmoor Youth Garden. Children have now worked in the garden for the last nine years, spending their time focused on responsibility and ownership, rather than worrying about walking down the streets. Riet says crime in the community is now virtually non-extant.  Read the rest of the article here.