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Adam "The Smart Mule" Guerrero

27 neighbors want to 'Harvest' Blight from the abandoned lots to compost and use as a mulch for a central mini-farm in Memphis.

These are two of the 'Smart Mules,' Cortez and Shaq. We 'harvest' the tall grasses in many of Memphis' empty and abandoned lots. We use it as a mulch and compost for our future mini-farm on Shasta. We are fighting blight, raising neighborhood morale, engaging our local government, and investing in a future for the neighborhood, all at the same time! We have the long term vision to turn many of these 'patches' into crop patches to be farmed and harvested from, providing work to young men largely dismissed. We hope to bring back the neighborhood by placing them into homes in the neighborhood that have been neglected by distant 'investment' groups who don't pay taxes or maintain their 'investments!' It would be great if we could get the money for an additional weedeater or tractor implement! We are currently a five man team, all from the neighborhood around the corner. Some, like Cortez and Shaq, have recently graduated but aren't following the traditional college path. Help us!

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Tommy Pacello
John Paul Shaffer
Chloe Evans O'Hearn
Scott Banbury
Mary Phillips
Alan Joseph Williams
Matthew Hall
Ricky Harris
Wesley Alan Wright
Maria Fuhrmann


Empty lots all over Memphis

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National Gardening Association

The Smart Mules have been selected for the National Garden Association's $1000 community greening award. Memphis Mayor A.C. Wharton presented the Smart Mules with their award at MemFIX:


Memphis “SmartMules” win award from the National Garden Association.

On a beautiful Saturday afternoon in Memphis, hundreds of people crowded Cleveland Street for the first time in anybody's memory. They we're there for MemFI

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Tom K.

Adam needs our support. Kickstart farming in North Memphis!


Kickstart the North Memphis Farmers Collective

Fight Blight! Help us expand our transformative operation through the purchase of a tractor, heavy equipment, and farming tools.

Jul 23, 2015

I'm in!

Posted by Dan on Jul 23, 2015
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National Gardening Association
National Gardening Association proposed this fundraiser for MemFix.

Only 9 days left! Help the North Memphis Farmers Collective expand its operation through the purchase of a tractor, heavy equipment, and farming tools.

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Alan Joseph Williams

Congratulations to Adam, Jovantae, Shaquille, Jarvis, Cortez and Rodrick! The Smart Mules have been awarded the National Garden Association grant to continue and improve their incredible work.

Stay tuned for more information about supporting this project, the Christian Brothers University garden, and the Memphis Urban Farm School!

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Alan Joseph Williams

Hey everybody! It's November 1st (time flies), and the period for sharing ideas and demonstrating support has now closed. Thank you for sharing your idea with the community.

The National Garden Association will announce the grant recipient at Memfix: Cleveland Street, a community event on Saturday, November 10th. Come out to Crosstown for a day of civic minded fun, and learn how you can support the winning project.

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big M

I agree with using grass clippings. I did this over the summer in my organic garden, and my plants responded well, and the grass clippings really minimized the weeds, too. There was far less maintenance than I had anticipated. Our garden area is roughly 550 SF.

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Adam "The Smart Mule" Guerrero

We're pretty flexible, so we could use it for mulch or compost. As the 'blight' does it heaviest growing in the summer, it makes most sense to use it as a mulch. But we also use other items, like pre-existing compost and/or coffee bean bags, as mulch as well. The more material, the better! What's nice about the grass clippings in particular is that they are high in nitrogen, and generate a good bit of mycellium (fungus), which in turn gives vegetative plants greater access to nutrients!

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