Detroit high school's urban garden destroyed by vandals

A group of high school students toiled away to create an urban farm in Detroit only to have it destroyed and vandalized by skateboarders in a matter of minutes.

Nicole Bryant and students in her nutrition class at Northwestern High School just harvested broccoli, collard greens, and kale late last week. On Monday, they returned to school only to find there was nothing else left to harvest.

"It was high with plants. I mean it was very high and now to see it, I'm like - what happened?" Bryant said.

Leaves were strewn about, stakes broken in half, crops uprooted and ruined. FOX 2's Amy Lange learned vandals even left behind racist graffiti on the dumpster.

"We're trying to improve the community in Detroit and this is what happens," Bryant said.

She says it appears to have happened around 2:30 a.m. Saturday based on what was on surveillance cameras at the school. As for who is responsible, it's anybody's guess. 

"These gardens are more than just a source of food and nutrition, they're a source of pride," Bryant said. "These folks hurt more than just the plants. The kids love it. They water, we weed. It's just gone. 

"They were very disappointed. Everybody was upset about this. It's senseless."

Bryant says they will plant more crops and hopes the vandals will just let them grow.

"We're going to continue on. It's not going to stop us," Bryant said. "I hope somebody understands that this is for the community and the students."

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