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DNWAYNE Brings Fresh Greens to Seniors in Wayne County

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The Disability Network of Wayne County Detroit responds to COVID-19 by providing seniors and the disabled with natural veggies, herbs and edible flowers on a weekly basis to increase the immune system and ensure access to green vegetables regularly.

DETROIT - TelAve -- The Disability Network of Wayne County Detroit (DNWAYNE) has partnered with Featherstone Gardens in Detroit's Morning Side neighborhood at 4178 Lakepointe.  The Living Greens project at Featherstone Garden provides seniors and the disabled with nutritious green, leafy vegetables every week. As a non-certified organic operation, the garden grows all-natural veggies, herbs and flowers that compliment each other as companion plants, support native pollinators, and contribute to a healthy urban ecosystem.

Featherstone Garden is looking forward to making nutrient dense, delicious microgreens available to Detroit Disability Network Wayne County Detroit. We launched on Tuesday, starting July 7th, 2020, Featherstone delivers trays of live microgreens to DNWAYNE (www.dnwayne.org). Each tray will include 2-3 varieties of fresh, live microgreens, plus a rotating weekly salad dressing and recipe card with suggestions on how to prepare a meal with the greens.

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The DNWAYNE, each week, picks up their greens for up to 30 consumers in Wayne County. With a commitment to purchase 30 bowls per week, Detroit Disability Network will be able to engage 60 people, every 8 weeks, using funds under the 2020 CARES ACT.  (http://www.dnwayne.org)

Microgreens are young vegetable greens. They have a concentrated flavor and nutrient content and come in a variety of colors and textures. Microgreens are considered baby plants, falling somewhere between a sprout and baby green. They can easily be eaten raw, made into a salad, added to a sandwich, soup, smoothie, etc.

Why microgreens live?

Caring for microgreens is a wonderful, healthy way to learn more about plants and gardening in the comfort of your home. As soon as greens are cut, they start to lose nutrients. By cutting the micros on an as-needed basis, they remain as fresh and healthy as possible. The microgreens are fairly easy to care for. They do best in a sunny room, with ½ cup of water added to the tray they sit in, each day. Bottom watering helps the plants establish and sustain a strong root system, and ensures even watering throughout the tray.

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Rotating greens varieties:  pea tendrils, radish shoots, sunflower shoots, kale, collards, mizuna, mustards, pac choi

Media Contact
Jeana Tall
***@dnwayne.org
248-291-7338


Source: Disability Network Wayne County Detroit
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