25 minute video about Detroit’s’ urban farms – Aljazeera News
“A group of visionary residents in the American city of Detroit are sowing the seeds of an urban farming revolution.”
Series three, episode seven
18 Aug 2012
In the early 20th century the American city of Detroit was a booming industrial powerhouse and world leader in car manufacturing, with a population that reached nearly two million people.
But since the major car companies closed their factories, more than a million taxpayers have moved out of Detroit, leaving behind more than 100 square kilometres of vacant land, and nearly 40,000 abandoned houses.
Now after decades of urban decay, Detroit is undergoing something of a revival as a centre for a new trade – urban farming.
In this half-hour special Russell Beard meets a group of visionary residents who see the city’s vacant land as fertile ground for an urban agriculture revolution.
First is businessman Gary Wozniak, who has plans for a $220m urban farming project in central Detroit – starting by converting an abandoned truck depot into a fish farm capable of producing 2,300 tonnes of tilapia a year.
Across town, Mark Covington is tending to Georgia Street Community Garden, a small plot founded to revive his ailing neighbourhood. With many grocers in the city long closed, access to healthy fresh food can be a challenge. His vegetable patches, goats and chickens not only provide free organic fruit and vegetables to his neighbours, they have brought people together and even attracted newcomers to the area.