28 Feb '17, 10am

Verdant Detroit: Can 'agrihoods' revitalize urban centers?

Verdant Detroit: Can 'agrihoods' revitalize urban centers?

The way a city uses and reuses space has a powerful impact on its identity and economy. While some cities are experiencing a development boom and others a building slump, urban agrihoods could provide much-needed food, employment and green space to cities trying to rebuild. That’s the idea behind the Michigan Urban Farming Initiative’s (MUFI) two-acre farm and agrihood-in-development in Detroit’s North End neighborhood. Billed as the "first sustainable urban agrihood" in the U.S., and MUFI’s current agricultural campus includes a two-acre farm, orchard and children’s garden; since 2012, it has distributed over 50,000 pounds of produce to local residents, nonprofits and businesses. MUFI is 100 percent volunteer-run and during MUFI’s open market Saturdays, "anyone in the community can come and collect as much produce as they need for themselves and/or their family for free,"...

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