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Urban Farming

Where some people might see a fallow, empty lot, others see potential -- not only for fruits and vegetables, but for a rebirth of the city. Can Detroit turn around on the backs of climbing beans and tomato plants? Maybe not, but urban farming will likely play an important role either way.

Urban Farming Features

Jerry Hebron

Video: Oakland Avenue Urban Farm's Jerry Hebron explains what her farm means to the community

The farm not only grows produce for wholesale at the weekly farmers market, but also hosts all kinds of community events, like music performances and workshops.

Jordan Polk

Gardening for personal growth: Detroit's youth gardening programs do much more than build skills

Community, healthy living, and sustainability are common themes among youth gardening programs in the city of Detroit—programs that engage young people in a conversation about how to change themselves and the places they live.

Carla Underwood

Michigan Nightlight Voices: What I learned as a 10th grader about the food system in Detroit

The youth program at the Detroit Food Policy Council teaches students about the local and national food economy through interactive trips and activities. Carla Underwood writes about her eye-opening experience in the program. 


Taking root: Just in time for growing season, we begin series on urban farming in the D

Earthwork's Patrick Crouch is a busy guy, serving on food policy councils and collaborating with other players in Detroit's growing agricultural networks and projects. But not too busy to write about developments here getting attention around the world. Welcome aboard, friend.


The greening of Brightmoor: Urban farming goes northwest

Urban agriculture is more than just about farming. Much more. Detroiters Bill and Billie Hickey moved from Green Acres to the wide open spaces of Brightmoor, where they see an opportunity to cultivate community life and grow economic justice. Not to mention 24 varieties of fruits and vegetables. Dennis Archambault puts on his rubber boots and reports from the pumpkin patch.   
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