Grounds for Change: Activating Vacant Land

Urban Farming


Tags: agriculture, community, Detroit, education, foodsecurity, grow, infill, lots, lotsoflots, selfsufficiency, urban

Grassroots urban agriculture organization in Detroit.

Detroit has long represented an ideal opportunity for shrinking infrastructure to transform a city pockmarked with vacancies into a smaller, greener, and more tightly knit community. While exhibitions like Shrinking Cities (2006) have explored the policy and design decisions required for a smaller Detroit, the members of Urban Farming have taken direct action by cleaning up vacant land for farming. Their mission is food security and community empowerment; their method, grassroots infill. Urban Farming has since expanded its outreach programs to include work with communities in Los Angeles, Harlem, Newark, St. Louis, and other urban centers. "Urban Farming's mission is to create an abundance of food for people in need by planting gardens on unused land and space while increasing diversity, educating youth, adults and seniors and providing an environmentally sustainable system to uplift communities."


Urban Farming

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