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Hantz Farms’ urban agriculture plan close to reality for Detroit

The Hantz project would put vacant parcels back on the city’s tax rolls.

By John Gallagher
Detroit Free Press
July 5, 2012


After years of debate, the Hantz Farms urban agriculture project in Detroit could become reality with Mayor Dave Bing hoping to present a plan to City Council this summer to sell a collection of vacant city-owned parcels that could be used to grow and harvest timber.

Karla Henderson, Bing’s group executive for planning and facilities, said this week that the city is close to agreeing to sell the mostly vacant residential lots on the east side. The total price is estimated to be in the $600,000 range.

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Growing a Garden City

Fifteen people—plus a class of first graders—tell how local food, farms, and gardens changed their lives and their community. And how they can change yours, too.

By Jeremy N. Smith
240-page book including over 80 photographs

Excerpt from What Can an Urban Farm Accomplish?

Part coffee table book, part documentary account, “Growing a Garden City” by journalist Jeremy N. Smith is a celebration of a community brought together through shared labors on a city farm in Missoula, Montana. It is also a testimonial to the power and potential of the sustainable food systems movement to transform not just the lives of the Whole Foods set, but of a widely diverse group of people inspired and empowered through the tangible benefits of such endeavors. The story is told by the 15 or so participants of the Program in Ecological Agriculture and Society (PEAS) farm,

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