For These Urban Farmers, the Harvest Is About More Than Healthy Eating

Posted on Sep 13 2017 - 10:25am by UOG


“Summer is usually the most exciting season for a gardener, but for many of Detroit’s black farmers, the harvest is also about survival.

In its annual look at the city’s food systems, the Detroit Food Policy Council, a food security advisory board, found in 2017 that 47 percent of Detroiters — roughly 300,000 residents — were eligible for food stamps. And nearly half of Detroiters are at the mercy of junk food retail. Fringe food retailers, such as liquor stores and convenience marts, make up 92 percent of the authorized food stamp retailers in the city, whose population is majority black.”

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