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Finding Detroit’s Urban Farms and Community Gardens

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Take a self-guided tour of some of metro Detroit’s fabulous food sites

By Metro Times Staff
Oct. 2, 2013

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Every autumn, folks pack the kids in the car and head out to the country, looking for a connection to the land by visiting apple orchards. But has anybody considered that the city and its suburbs are increasingly places where you can also feel that connection? We’ve put together a nowhere-near-exhaustive list of some of those places, and zoomed in on what they have to offer and how they manage to thrive even though they’re not out in the country. Have a look. —Michael Jackman

In the Boston-Edison Historic District, surrounded by many of Detroit’s historically significant homes, a tire-mark trail worn into the grassy terrain leads straight to Food Field, a local farm that provides fresh, affordable produce for the city.

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Mill City Grows a Community one Seed at a Time in Lowell, Massachusetts

By John Collins
Lowell Sun
09/30/2013

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LOWELL — Two years after Lydia Sisson and Francey Slater planted the seeds of their idea to encourage more “urban farming” by opening a designated place for city residents to grow their own vegetables, Mill City Grows has grown faster than either dreamed or expected.

Since the nonprofit organization was founded in September 2011, about 80 families and 270 gardeners have taken up Mill City Grows on its offer to lease a 4-foot-by-10-foot, boxed soil bed for $20 a year to grow a culturally diverse variety of vegetables, fruits and flowers of their choosing, Slater said.

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