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Detroit's Good Food Cure


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Carrie
- 735 days ago - truth-out.org
Weekend mornings are the busiest days of the week at D-Town Farm. That's when up to 30 volunteers from across Detroit come out to till the earth and tend the crops at the seven-acre mini-farm on the city's west side.



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Giana Peranio-Paz (383)
Thursday September 13, 2012, 12:31 am
Wonderful thing this gardening, I wish I could also participate, but we still buy our fruits and vegetables at the local market.
 

Past Member (0)
Thursday September 13, 2012, 12:44 am
"D-Town is set in one of the city's greenest areas, a former tree nursery in the 1,184-acre River Rouge Park. It's a couple of miles downriver from Ford Motor Co.'s famous Rouge plant (that once employed 100,000 workers) and about a mile upriver from the Brightmoor, a formerly devastated neighborhood that boasts no fewer than 22 community gardens. The Detroit City Council granted use of the land to DBCFSN in 2008. Deer ate up most of the first crop: Volunteers who planted 750 tomato plants harvested only about five pounds of tomatoes. Now a fence keeps deer out, and other pests such as raccoons and possums are trapped and released far from this feeding ground. There are even a few apple trees on the grounds that are tended by folks from Can-Did Revolution, a recently established family canning company.
Urban farmers are leading an environmental and social movement to transform our national food system. Photographer Michael Hanson toured the country for his book Breaking Through Concrete: Building an Urban Farm Revival to document twelve successful urban farm programs, including The Catherine Ferguson Academy for Young Women, a school for pregnant teens and teen mothers in Detroit (pictured)."
 

Pat A. (117)
Thursday September 13, 2012, 2:38 am
Thank you SOOO MUCH Carrie!! This is one of the most encouraging articles I have ever read - just wonderful!
 

Anne P. (249)
Thursday September 13, 2012, 4:44 am
What an uplifting article. Gives me hope. Thanks for posting, Carrie!
 

Carol H. (229)
Thursday September 13, 2012, 5:15 am
noted, thanks Carrie.good article!!
 

Patricia Cannell (751)
Thursday September 13, 2012, 7:35 am
Wonderful article! Great to hear about something positive for a change! S & N.
 

Rosie Lopez (73)
Thursday September 13, 2012, 1:11 pm
great article thanks!!
 

Christeen Anderson (489)
Thursday September 13, 2012, 2:31 pm
Thanks for the article. Keep up the good work Detroit.
 

Dawn Coller-rogers (1)
Thursday September 13, 2012, 4:58 pm
Yeah!
 

Jennifer C. (172)
Thursday September 13, 2012, 5:36 pm
Thanks.
 

g d c. (0)
Thursday September 13, 2012, 5:53 pm
ty
 

Myraida Diaz (127)
Thursday September 13, 2012, 9:04 pm
Great post! Some bananas anyone? I just cut a big bunch yesterday and shared with neighbors and husbands co- workers, different variety than common one: plump & sweet! We have also guavas, Passion fruit, limes, mangoes and hope that pretty soon we can taste our own avocadoes. Now we will try to produce veggies, let's see if iguanas do not abuse!
TY Carrie! Noted
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Azaima A. (219)
Friday September 14, 2012, 11:02 am
excellent
 
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