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Major radio media report on Detroit’s rebirth as urban prairie – urban farm

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Britain’s BBC and Canada’s CBC report

CBC’s As It Happens March 16, 2010

The city of Detroit is in rough shape. With the American auto industry in shambles, the Motor City isn’t what it used to be. Which is why Mayor David Bing is taking some steps to downsize. Later this month, Mayor Bing will announce his strategy to shrink the city of Detroit, and that plan will include a transformation towards agriculture. Vacant lots will be converted to farmland.

Mark Dowie is an investigative historian. He spent some time in Detroit documenting the new urban landscape of that city for Guernica Magazine. We reached him at his home, in Point Reyes Station, California.

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Motown to Growtown – Home Farming on the Ellen Degeneres Show

Taja Sevelle of Urban Farming shows Ellen how to plant a food garden

“The Ellen DeGeneres Show” is in its seventh season. Since its inception in 2003, “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” has earned an impressive 29 Daytime Emmy Awards. The show continues to prove itself a leader in the daytime talk show genre by blending genuine warmth, humor and unparalleled celebrity interviews.

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88 year old began his love of gardening in the 1920’s

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Jim Foort’s garden on 11th Avenue, Vancouver, BC

Audio interview with Jim Foort.

Story by Bronwyn Smyth

A garden, like that of Eden, thrives on 11th Avenue in the neighbourhood of West Point Grey. It is lush and humming with life. The bamboo fencing morphs every so often as the beds change shape. A huge variety of vegetables and fruit are grown here, even in the winter. At the corner of the yard stands a clapboard frame with a wise quote or latest article on square foot gardening. The front door of the small yellow bungalow on the property is always wide open when the weather is good. James Foort, or as neighbours call him, Jim, with his wife Margaret, are the owners and garden extraordinaires of this piece of paradise.

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