Growing Pains for Detroit’s Urban Farms

Posted on Sep 2 2016 - 6:05am by UOG


Urban farmers are growing in numbers all over the country, especially in Detroit, Michigan. An estimated 1,400 of them are growing approximately 400,000 lbs. of food in the metro area alone EVERY YEAR.

“Detroit has no shortage of land, but accessing it can prove difficult for many farmers who worry that the tide of development is sweeping by without them. The Detroit Land Bank holds 95,387 parcels of property that are up for sale. Yet dozens of farmers describe years of agitating for land ownership without success. As the city sets about the business of doling out resources and revitalizing blighted neighborhoods, the question is: why is it taking so long for urban farmers to access land? And can the mosaics of community gardens and farms flourish amid larger-scale development projects?”

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