Dave Nelson at Grow Detroit posted Detroit Takes One More Step Into the Sci-fi Future: Urban Farming over the weekend and took a look at a Detroit News article exploring how Detroit has quietly become the nation’s mecca for urban farming. For those wondering “Why?”, MSU’s Emily Reardon explains:
“There is a food desert in Detroit. There is a lack of affordable, fresh food. The reason so many kids are getting pop and chips and candy at the neighborhood store to eat is that’s only what they have access to and what they can afford. But if you use available land to raise produce, it will be available and it will be affordable and people will buy it.”
Why do these folks eat so poorly? Because there is a real lack of access to decent food in Motown: there are only two full-service grocery stores in the entire 143-square-mile city of more than 800,000 people.
Two grocery stores in 143 square miles. By contrast, in the three-mile radius surrounding my parents’ home in the northern suburbs, there are at least 4 full-service grocery stores.
For more about urban gardening in Detroit, head over to The Garden Resource Program (a collaboration of the Detroit Agriculture Network, Earthworks Garden/Capuchin Soup Kitchen, The Greening of Detroit and Michigan State University) and The Greening of Detroit.