Community Gardens and Farms as Detroit Renewal Tools

As the city of Detroit struggles with population loss and dwindling industrial jobs, farms and community gardens offer the city a positive nudge.
May 20, 2011, 8am PDT | Nate Berg
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The New York Times' food writer Mark Bittman travels to Detroit to see how food and farming are changing the city for the better.

"Food is central. Justice, security, a sense of community, and more intelligent land use have become integral to the food system. Here, local food isn't just hip, it's a unifying factor not only among African-Americans and whites but between them. Food is an issue on which it seems everyone can agree, and this is a lesson for all of us.

'The idea,' says Malik Yakini, a school principal who runs the two-acre D-Town Farm, 'is to help black people stand up, to demonstrate that creating reality is not the exclusive domain of white people - without pointing fingers at white people.' The farm, located in Rouge Park - the city's biggest - will soon double in size."

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Published on Wednesday, May 18, 2011 in The New York Times
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