One of Russell’s friends and fellow Cranbrook Academy graduates is interested in urban farming. Emily has started a fruit farm in the middle of Detroit on some derelict property, in hopes of bringing fruit and a neighborhood resource to families in the area who don’t have ready access to fresh fruits and vegetables. It’s an incredibly cool idea that shows that, once again, one person and a dream can really make a difference in America.
Emily’s efforts are being chronicled in a Detroit Journal video series called Emily Appleseed. You can watch the first episode above. Russell himself makes an appearance in the second video, below, helping to clear the property and following a tractor to turn the soil. He looks like a natural farmer. His grandfather, Bill Kishman, who was a farmer for many years, would be proud. The rest of the series can be found on YouTube.