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Fortune Magazine – Can farming save Detroit?

farmdetroitFortune asked artist Bryan Christie to imagine how Detroit’s thousands of abandoned residential acres might be transformed into cutting-edge, city-style farms (see illustration above): Solar panels and windmills power vertical growing systems that are efficient, attractive, and tourist-friendly. Greenhouses allow crops to grow year-round. And new development sprouts on the periphery.

Can farming save Detroit?

By David Whitford
December 29, 2009


DETROIT (Fortune) — John Hantz is a wealthy money manager who lives in an older enclave of Detroit where all the houses are grand and not all of them are falling apart. Once a star stockbroker at American Express, he left 13 years ago to found his own firm. Today Hantz Financial Services has 20 offices in Michigan, Ohio, and Georgia, more than 500 employees, and $1.3 billion in assets under management.

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Dirt! The Movie – the importance of soil

Dirt! The Movie introduces viewers to dirt’s fascinating history. Four billion years of evolution have created the dirt that recycles our water, gives us food, provides us shelter, and that can be used as a source of medicine, beauty and culture.

Dirt! The Movie proves that times are changing. Brown is the new green. More than 25 renowned global visionaries in countries around the world are discovering new ways of thinking as they come together to repair this natural resource with practical, viable solutions. These participants include Paul Stamets: Mycologist; Andy Lipkis: President, Founder of TreePeople; Vandana Shiva: Physicist, Environmental Activist; Wes Jackson: President, The Land Institute; Majora Carter: Founder, Sustainable South Bronx; Alice Waters: Founder, The Edible Schoolyard; and John Todd: Biologist, Ecological Designer.

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Urban farming gains popularity in the Bay Area

Written and produced by Jennifer Olney.
December 24, 2009

OAKLAND, CA (KGO) — Mix the troubled economy with the desire to eat healthy food – and what do you get? A backyard turned into a barnyard. Here’s a look at the growing world of urban farming.

The farm is a small backyard behind a pink house.
It’s across the street from an abandoned building, just a few blocks from Downtown Oakland.

There are rabbits living on the front deck, chickens patrolling the side yard and a big vegetable garden growing in the empty lot next door.

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