RCAH student's urban garden collaboration highlighted in Detroit Free Press

Annie Melcher, RCAH senior and winner of last year's Ford Blue Oval Scholarship, was featured in the Detroit Free Press on Monday, April 15, 2013, for her work with fellow MSU student Derrell Griffin on a water catchment system at a Detroit youth garden. Melcher and Griffin collaborated with Riet Schumack, the leader of the youth garden program and co-founder of Neighbors Building Brightmoor to develop an idea that would provide sustainable irrigation to the gardens, then worked with Mark Schumack as he designed the catchment system and pavilion. Over the course of four weekends, a group of MSU's Multi-Racial Unity Living Experience (MRULE) students built the pavilion, and this spring, Melcher and Griffin were able to accompany 40 MRULE students to Brightmoor to work on spring planting with some of the youth and finish installing the gutters that lead into 275-gallon tanks.

Annie Melcher is a Detroit Community Challenge winner and was also featured in a Lansing State Journal article on Wednesday, April 17, 2013, for her work on the sustainable irrigation system.