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Growing Food in the City:The Production Potential of Detroitís Vacant Land

More and more the idea is surfacing that food cultivation might play a major role in urban areas; and Detroit, in articles from USA Today to Time to Harper’s Magazine, has been hailed as the vanguard of scaling up urban agriculture. Because of the high level of vacant land, Detroit is well‐positioned to consider the possibility of becoming an agricultural city. Furthermore, Detroit has several well‐established urban agriculture organizations and more than 800 gardens. More recently, proposals for urban farms occupying 1000 acres or more have emerged. But what is really at stake within the idea of “Grow‐town”?

Publisher: The C.S. Mott Group

Author: Kathryn Colasanti, Charlotte Litjens & Michael Hamm

Link: http://www.mottgroup.msu.edu/uploads/files/59/Growing%20Food%20in%20the%20City%20-%20Colasanti%20Litjens%20Hamm.pdf

Category: Health Environment Education Economy Community

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