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The City of Detroit and Michigan State University move forward on urban agriculture research


Myrtle Thompson-Curtis, tills the ground in the Feedom Freedom Growers urban garden on Manistee on Detroit’s east side. Photo by Steve Perez.

Michigan State University to spend $500,000 a year for three years to explore the creation of the MetroFoodPlus Innovation Cluster

By John Gallagher
Free Press Business
June 27, 2012

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The City of Detroit and Michigan State University have agreed in principle to pursue a major urban agriculture research program within the city to explore innovative research and techniques, such as transforming empty buildings into multi-tiered farms.

The program is envisioned as the central hub of a future collection of worldwide facilities focused on urban agriculture research.

No central campus site has been chosen yet, and the memorandum of understanding that was signed Wednesday signed by Mayor Dave Bing and MSU President Lou Anna K. Simon doesn’t tie either side to any specific deadlines or dollar commitments.

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June 28, 2012   2 Comments

Zuidpark – Europe’s largest rooftop farm opens in Amsterdam


Opened June 6, 2012. Video visit in the Dutch.

3000m2 Urban Farming Rooftop

3000m2 Urban Farming rooftop will open for all residents of Zuidpark. Hands-on sowing, weeding and harvesting will be a reality for everyone. The official opening and open day will both feature a tasty example of Zuidpark’s new agricultural element: courtesy of top chefs.

An office is no longer merely a workplace, it has become a centre in which to meet others, where networks come together and friendships are developed.

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June 28, 2012   1 Comment