Rescue MI Nature Now, Inc. is a nonprofit Michigan Nonprofit Organization dedicated to bringing communities together and empowering youth through nature & wildlife conservation programs. Through our efforts with communities, children & young adults involved within our programs build memorable bonds with each other while learning the importance of nature, environments, wildlife habitat conservation, & self-sustainability.

After surveying the neighborhood, screening for the most urgent priorities within the community, we found that Food Injustice and Food Insecurity are major problems for nearby residents. As a solution to this, Rescue MI Nature NOW, Inc. supported the youth inspired community garden.

Children from the neighborhood transformed vacant parcels into a sustainable, community garden, using recycled and donated materials. Youth volunteers turned over the soil, planted various seeds, and built raised beds for senior citizen residents.

With this youth garden, we have been able to provide fresh local produce to the community.

As nature and bee advocates, we understand the importance of pollinators and the need to preserve them. Without pollinators, the earth would not be able to produce food. Just Honey Bees alone pollinate over 30% of the entire planet’s produce.

To compliment our community garden, Rescue MI Nature NOW, Inc. installed a pollinator habitat with the help of youth volunteers from the neighborhood. Volunteers incorporated a variety of flowers that naturally attract pollinators like Zinnias, Cosmos, Daffodils, and Borage.

As a result of the children’s help, we were able to certify our pollinator garden as a Wildlife Habitat!

Andrew Buendia is a graduate from the University of Michigan-Dearborn with a dual bachelors in Political Science and Sociology. Fueled by a passion to ensure that Detroit communities are directly representative of not just the current residents, but also the long lineage of residents is what prompted Andrew to become more involved with the city he grew up in. One way to do this is by coordinating community relations to gain better insight to what the community not only wants, but the best method of action to go about solving their impending issues.

Brodrick Wilks is a Recent University of Michigan graduate with a Bachelor’s of Business Administration; coordinated with Brilliant Detroit to host 30 Axiom student volunteers in August 2019 where they helped transform vacant lots by beautifying and cleaning up a green space and removing overgrown tree brush and weeds from community garden.