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The inside story on the vertical farm coming to Detroit (ft. Nona Yehia)

There’s a vertical farm coming to Detroit, and we get the details from Vertical Harvest Farms CEO Nona Yehia, who has roots here. Jer gets more details on how this is urban farm is coming together and just what kind of impact they’re looking to make at John R. and Piquette in the city of Detroit. More on them: https://verticalharvestfarms.com/  Link to vote in the Podcast Awards for us – We are in the News and Politics category as well as People’s Choice. https://www.podcastawards.com/...

Oakland Avenue Urban Farm to add hostel, dining hall, gallery and more as part of new food and culture hub

Detroit’s farming and culture scene continues to grow. Thanks to $500,000 in funding from ArtPlace America, the Oakland Avenue Urban Farm over the next two years is going to transform in what organizers are naming America’s first “Agri-Cultural” urban landscape. The project will start in January of 2017 and when they’re done, the plan is to have a five acre landscape combining “art, architecture, sustainable ecologies, and new market practices while exploring methods for equitable, art-centere...

All This Was Trees, And Now It May Be Again – Apple Trees, That Is

A few years ago, famous street artist Banksy painted at the Packard Plant on the east side of Detroit a piece that said, “I Remember When All This Was Trees.” Banksy was right. At one point, that’s what this area was before industrial production filled Detroit’s landscape, for a time, with factories and smokestacks. The area also had fertile soil that the French farmers in the early 1800s said was so good they didn’t even have to work to raise crops. Well, the trees may well be here again. D...

Alpaca Ranch Could Come To Belle Isle, Put Abandoned Golf Course Back To Use

At first, it’s easy to brush the idea of an Alpaca Ranch on Belle Isle off as completely absurd. While the thought of such a move may seem strange, a Detroit couple believes that this is one new idea that deserves a chance. Detroiter David Shock, the creator of the idea of “Alpaca Land Detroit,” thinks Detroit needs more cute. The concept was a response to the family’s personal love of Detroit and alpacas. Shock is no stranger to rehab projects. He and his wife recently purchased an old fact...

Crowdfunding Campaign Aims To Help Transform Votrobeck Playground In Detroit

Especially in a city with the challenges of Detroit, every kid deserves a great place to play and access to fresh food. Here’s a chance to help a Detroit neighborhood at the corner of Seven Mile and Evergreen get a community garden and much more. The Michigan Economic Development Corporation and GrowTown, Inc. today kicked off a crowdfunding campaign for It Takes A Village Garden through Michigan-based crowdfunding platform Patronicity. The project will include gardening areas for people to...

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