Ypsi Farmers & Gardeners Oral History Project

Patricia Wells

Patricia Wells was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan. She is proud to be from an historical Afro-American community in Northwest Detroit. She retired from the State of Michigan, Wayne County Circuit Court in the City of Detroit. She has experience as a Master Gardener in Wayne County. She has trained with Keep Growing Detroit and Urban Roots. She attended University of Detroit Mercy and Madonna University. Patricia is a widow, mother, grandmother, and a great grandmother. Patricia strongly feels the need of being connected to the land and to our elders. Patricia’s favorite quote is, “An elder sitting on the ground can see more than a youth standing in a pine tree.” Patricia enjoys life long learning, gardening, traveling and spending time with family and friends. She also enjoys teaching people how to put a penny in the ground and how to pull out a dollar.
Portrait of Pat Wells

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Listen to the oral histories of local Ypsi farmers and gardeners who share stories about how they got started growing food, what the impact of growing food has been for their families and communities, and what lessons they want others to learn from their experiences.