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New Sustainable Agriculture Development in Detroit Feeds 2,000 Households for Free

by D. Samuelson, Natural News:

Urban renewal on a couple of acres in a northern section of Detroit, Michigan doesn’t mean fancy street signs, sprawling apartment complexes or bicycle lanes. It means a vision for clean food and sustainable agriculture to create a new kind of urban development called an “agrihood.” Parcels of land formerly in disarray are being dug up and retrofitted as an urban farm and more under the direction of the 501 (3) (c) group called the Michigan Urban Farming Initiative (MUFI).

As reported by Crainsdetroit.com, since 2011, when this all volunteer organization was started, 8000 volunteers have put in a total of 80,000 hours on their urban organic farm and produced over 50,000 pounds of free produce to “neighborhood residences, area churches and food pantries.” 

Trueactivist.com reports that plans are also in the works to build  “3,200 square foot Community Resource Center,” which will serve as volunteer headquarters and a place to teach interested parties, especially children, about health, clean food and sustainable agriculture.  A 200 tree orchard and a health food café is also in the blueprints.

The group has attracted $4 million in corporate investment dollars from General Motors, BASF SE, Sustainable Brands for MUFI and surrounding neighborhoods in Detroit’s North End. Twenty-something MUFI co-founder Tyson Gersh explains that their mission is not just about using available land to feed families who are hungry. The money is coming, says Gersh, because the initiative is a “driving force in rethinking how urban spaces are developed.”

One problem MUFI is also tackling is urban blight, or abandoned houses and buildings in such disrepair that they need to be demolished. In one instance MUFI decided not to pay for the expense of removing the foundation. Instead they are retrofitting the basement to use it as a retention pond for crop water. Additionally, a shipping container building will be constructed on site that will house an intern to manage the farm and do agricultural research.

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1 comment to New Sustainable Agriculture Development in Detroit Feeds 2,000 Households for Free

  • Craig Escaped Detroit

    I like it when some people start doing the right things to sustain themselves in this way.

    Detroit surely has plenty of abandoned areas to work with. One large area (known as the “Brightmore” neighborhood), is SO empty and overgrown (and so many homes torn down over the last couple decades), that it has become a prairie with wild birds, rabbits, and I have seen white tailed deer roaming the area. (there is a large, forested county park that is several miles long, with a small river running its length in that park, so the deer have always been in those “park forests”, but now they are settling into the abandoned Detroit areas too.)

    My old area has a situation that is headed in the same direction, and I have seen at least ONE wild deer, only about 300 feet from my own house in Detroit.

    Of course, there are far too many out of control “other” animals that roam the streets, playing rap music, and causing too many problems, but they don’t know how to feed themselves and will not do well in the collapse.

    More and more people (in the cities) are starting to raise chickens (in spite of local laws against it). It’s part of the culture of Arabs, Mexicans & Puerto Ricans who are increasingly inhabiting the areas to raise chickens. I once saw somebody on my old street had a couple of goats too.

    But the most common “livestock” that you find in every “black city” are Pitbulls. (I resisted the temptation to say “chimp-heifers”. Hahaha.)

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