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Wall Street Journal: New Detroit Farm Plan Taking Root

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Hantz Farms President Mike Score, above, in an empty lot that investor John Hantz hopes to acquire for a Detroit tree farm. Photo by Brian Widdis for The Wall Street Journal.

Entrepreneur Envisions Growing Trees on City’s Blighted East Side, Returning Thousand of Vacant Lots to Tax Rolls

By Matthew Dolan
Wall Street Journal
July 5, 2012

Excerpt:

DETROIT—Three years ago, financial-services entrepreneur John Hantz proposed converting as much as 10,000 acres of vacant private and city-owned property here into the world’s largest for-profit urban farm, restoring swaths of land to the tax rolls and changing the face of Detroit’s blighted East Side.

A video on his company’s website called the project “Detroit’s saving grace.” Critics called it a land grab.

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Coca-Cola Foundation Awards $100,000 to Urban Farming Inc.

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Supports installation of rainwater harvesting and irrigation systems

Urban Farming/Coca-Cola Rain Barrel Harvesting Project, to support installation of rainwater harvesting and irrigation systems in Ohio and Michigan, United States, $100,000.

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