When we talk about food communities, the emphasis is on that network of people who find each other based on a shared appreciation for the things we eat and how it's made.
A veteran New York Times Magazine food editor, writing about her experiences reporting on food communities around the country, singles out Detroit as the nation's strongest network.
"I visited a block where young artists and college debtors have formed a wonky farm village, a postindustrial, preapocalyptic vision, complete with pheasants running between the raised garden beds built with floorboards ripped from an abandoned factory. I was shown around by Carolyn Leadley, who grows sunflower sprouts in her attic and bikes with them to restaurants and farmers' markets for cash and trade. Why go back to the land when it's cheaper in the city?"
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