Urban Farming, Community Resilience and the Death of the Motor Industry in Detroit (Video)

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Image credit: Resilient Planet

Yesterday I posted on ResilientCITY—the new project from the makers of the End of Suburbia. And earlier today I posted, from that same project, an interview with Rob Hopkins about the difference between sustainability and resilience, and why it matters. But another excerpt from the movie is just as revealing about what it really means to be truly resilient—and this one comes from a former teacher turned urban farmer who is making a living from the land on less than half-an-acre of abandoned inner city real estate.We have, of course, covered the urban farming scene in Detroit many times over here on TreeHugger. From the fantastical, high-tech glossy new urban farms (and their detractors), through charities turning wasteland into farms, to the idea that Detroit could feed itself, the low cost, and abundant availability, of land in the inner city area has certainly created a number of opportunities for growing food close to where it is consumed.

Former Greg Willerer of "Brother Nature Farm" in Corktown, Detroit is one of the proponents of this movement. But his insights go way beyond how to grow food. In fact, as a Detroit native, it is his reflections on the evolution of the city; its over reliance on the motor industry, and the need to now reinvent itself that make this interview so fascinating. That, and his strong opinions about some of the ritzier, more corporate urban farm concepts being floated about...

More on Urban Farming in Detroit
Detroit Charity Turns Wastelands into Farms
Future Farming in Detroit, or Spectacular Speculation?
Self-Sufficient Detroit: Urban Food Revolution in Motor City

Tags: Agriculture | Cities | Detroit | Farming | Local Food | Michigan | United States

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