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4-acre urban farm in Detroit

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Food Field, sits on the old site of Peck Elementary in Detroit (formerly a convent).

Food Field is a new urban farm on four acres in Detroit’s Durfee neighborhood, between Boston-Edison and Highland Park. Since May 2011 we have harvested several thousand pounds of organic produce, built relationships with local chefs and neighbors, raised a large hoop house for year-round growing, and hired an intern and neighborhood teens. Our goal is to build a sustainable business feeding Detroit and create real alternatives to our corporate food system, while bringing jobs, resources and benefits back to our community.

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Urban Agriculture in Delhi: Thousands of Invisible Farmers

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Harvesting bottle gourds at a farm settlement on the eastern bank of the Yamuna river, Delhi. Photo by Jeremy Hinsdale.

“There have been no policies which support agriculture in Delhi, so I don’t think they will last very long in this area.”

By Joseph Redwood-Martinez
Artist, writer, and filmmaker
Huffington Post
May 8, 2013

Excerpt:

The Yamuna River runs through the middle of Delhi — India’s second largest metropolis and home to a population of over 18 million inhabitants. But very few of this city’s residents or visitors know that along the banks of the Yamuna live thousands of urban farmers. Contrary to what one who learns of them might assume, these urban farmers are not recent migrants forcibly displaced from rural areas and only able to find work in Delhi as agricultural laborers. Rather, they have been cultivating vegetables along the banks of Yamuna for several generations. Yet still, since they are without government identification cards and do not own the property on which they farm, these farmers are among the most vulnerable population in urban Delhi — not only unknown, but also invisible.

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The Promise of For-Profit Urban Agriculture – Detroit

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Stanford Daily – ‘Breaking News from the Farm since 1892’

By Graciela Watrous
The Stanford Daily
May 9, 2013

Excerpts:

Unlikely as it sounds, Detroit has no real shortage of small-scale urban farms. In the last couple of years it has been estimated that there are as many as 355 urban agricultural farms and gardens in the city. Most of them are small, and many of them are non-profit community gardens. Detroit Black Community Food Security Network, for example, runs one of the more successful community gardens within the city limits. It hosts a 1.5-acre vegetable garden and an apple orchard. Several other NGOs have sprung up in the last couple of years, like Greening of Detroit, which has given the urban agricultural movement in Detroit legitimacy and force.

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