Daily Sports Smile: Detroit Lions donate greenhouse to local farmers in effort to cultivate healthy foods

Detroit Lions tight end T.J. Hockenson and quarterback Jared Goff celebrate after a touchdown against the Chicago Bears during the second half Thursday, Nov. 25, 2021, at Ford Field.
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The Detroit Lions are helping the local community produce healthier food options from the farm to the table. The Lions partnered with Ford to donate farming equipment and a fully-stocked greenhouse to local farmers at the Oakland Avenue Urban Farm.

The local farm is in Detroit’s historic North End neighborhood. Lions star T.J. Hockenson visited the farm with teammates Jamaal Williams and Amani Oruwariye. The group surprised local farmer Jerry Ann Hebron with the special donation.

“Jerry Ann does so much for this community,” Hockenson said in the video. “It is really amazing to give back to our fans.”

The Lions donated lawn mowers and garden tools to help cultivate the farm. Ford will build the greenhouse to allow the farmers to grow healthy foods all year long. It will be a big help as the winter months approach in Detroit.

“It is going to mean so much to our community to provide food during the offseason,” Hebron said.

Oak Avenue works with several partners to distribute fresh produce. The partners include the Detroit Farmers Markets, food pantries, and Food Secure Detroit.

The Lions invited Hebron to their Thanksgiving game against the Chicago Bears. The Lions fell 16-14 after the Bears won on a late field goal.