Binho Ribeiro has been doing graffiti since 1984, the beginning of the street art movement in Brazil. Today he is one of the most recognized street artists in the country not only for his consistent work that he never stopped doing on the streets, but also for his refined work on canvases and curation of major projects involving street art, such as the Open Museum of Urban Art of São Paulo (MAAU) , the first open museum of urban art in the world, and the International Graffiti Fine Art Biennial, today the most complete biennial of urban art in the world.

Fabio Luiz Santos Ribeiro (1971), aka Binho Ribeiro, is one of the precursors of street art in Brazil. Influenced by the more intense movement that came from the New York ghettos in the mid-1980s (especially among hip hop, skate and break groups), alongside friends from the São Paulo scene, Binho began to dig his space not only in Brazil, since early on he already used trips to South America to leave his mark on the walls. Since then, his technical improvement has been accompanied by professionalization. His works have gained space both on the streets and in galleries around the world. Tokyo, Los Angeles, New York, Paris, Turin, Rochester, Cape Town, Hong Kong, Beijing, Amsterdam, Brussels, Beirut, Santiago, Buenos Aires, Osaka, Accra, among many other countries, in addition to practically all Brazilian states already were the scene of his work.

He created a cultural producer to structure and disseminate urban art in Brazil, develops personalized projects for companies like Johnnie Walker, Burn (Coca-Cola Company), P&G, Ford, Nestlé, in addition to partnerships with great international artists like Madonna.

Asbury Farms is an ambitious undertaking based on the vision of turning once blighted land into a buffet of fresh fruits and vegetables. Asbury Farms sits in the middle of a community facing substantial food insecurity. And as a result of lead that was present in the public water supply for over a year before it became public knowledge, daily nutrition for our residents is crucial for keeping the negative affects of lead poisoning dormant. Asbury Farms is the fruit of one of Asbury CDC’s key strategic goals — to be a center for health and wellness.

In addition to moving our community from a food desert to an exporter of food, Asbury Farms also offers residents employment and a pathway towards creating employment for themselves. 

The strategy is simple. Create a farm incubator that makes it affordable for an enterprising person to learn, start a farm and earn a living. The Flint Farming Project provides the know-how, land, materials, equipment, seeds and transplants that otherwise create barriers for the people of our community.

Asbury Farms continues to expand. In 2019 we purchased the remainder of available lots at our Bennett campus that includes lots along Hamilton Avenue where we are expanding our strawberry production. Both of our campuses on the north side of Jane Avenue are in full production. Our main campus is now supported by a solar-powered irrigation system connected to a well as a water source. We have two additional hoop houses in production east of Minnesota Avenue and a third one under construction. This is a total of 11 hoop houses in production with 7 of them planted and winterized for cold crops to allow for harvesting year round. We have plans to build three hoop houses on the south side of Jane Avenue during 2020.

Asbury Farms is one part of Asbury’s response to the water crisis in Flint. Asbury has been a Water Resource Center since the beginning of the crisis, providing space for healthcare providers, bottled water, filters, other personal items, and food. “Nutrition is an important part of our strategy to combat the negative affects of lead,” notes Jim Craig, Board Chair at Asbury CDC. “ Asbury has been an advocate for nutrition in our community for the past nine years, but this is our most ambitious project ever.