Urban Microfarming: A Smart Solution For Vacant Lots

Urban farming takes root in Detroit.

"...urban gardening movement has taken hold in backyards and community gardens. The harvest...produced at reasonable cost and in areas where fresh organic produce can be difficult to find."

"When it comes to potential for gardening, Detroit is a land of vast opportunity. The city owns 20,000 vacant parcels that are available free by permit for gardening during one growing season, according to James Canning, deputy press secretary for Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick. He says the city is considering creating several community gardens that could be open next spring."

Thanks to ASLA: The Dirt

Full Story: Urban gardeners are turning vacant lots into profitable produce plots

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