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Plantagon’s Urban Agriculture Summit 2013

January 29-31, 2013 in Linköping, Sweden


Prof. Oren R. Lyons
Traditional Faithkeeper of the Turtle Clan, and a member of the Onondoga Nation Council of Chiefs of the Six Nations of the Iroquois Confederacy (the Haudenosaunee). Chairman of the Board of Plantagon International AB.

Dr. Dickson D. Despommier
Microbiologist, ecologist and Professor of Public Health in Environmental Health Sciences at Columbia University and Director of the Vertical Farm Project.

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December 13, 2012   1 Comment

Detroit Council OKs sale of 1,500 lots for urban farming project

Joyce Jennings of Detroit waits in line to go into City Council chambers to speak up against the Hantz Woodlands on Tuesday. Photo by Jessica Trevino.

“We have over 60,000 vacant parcels of land in the city,” Bing said. “We’ve got a hell of a lot to offer. We have no issue selling the land to anybody. … It will help us with blight.”

By John Gallagher
Detroit Free Press
Dec 11, 2012


More than a mere land sale, the Detroit City Council’s 5-4 vote Tuesday to sell about 1,500 lots for the Hantz Woodlands project keeps alive the idea that Detroit will serve as a worldwide center of urban innovation for post-industrial cities.

In recent years, hundreds of artists, architects, academics, filmmakers, urban planners and students have flocked to Detroit to see urban innovation at work. The Hantz proposal, billed as the world’s largest experiment in urban agriculture, was a big part of that global interest, receiving worldwide publicity.

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