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!