I first was alerted to the urban farming movement by Ellen Ley
. She is active in promoting urban farming in Fort Wayne. The thought is why have these vacant lots around and pay somebody to mow them when you could have a garden? Do you think that this is something that Indiana can benefit from?
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Urban Farming is bringing Detroit residence together to fight the
foreclosure crisis by filling abandoned lots with gardens to feed the
needy and homeless of the area.
Urban Farming, a non-profit organization, saw something in Detroit
that many people around the nation have noticed. Detroit has been hit
extremely hard by the foreclosure crisis and the country's economic
downturn. According to the Ann Arbor News, Michigan will lose 51,300
jobs in 2008. Economists do not expect economic upturn in Detroit
Due to the economic and housing crisis in Detroit, Urban Farming
believed there was no better place to begin their mission.
The Mission of Urban Farming
Due to the economic situation in Detroit the founder of Urban Farming
Taja Seville decided there was no better place to begin than where
people need help the most. Urban Farming's mission is to "eradicate
hunger while increasing diversity, motivating youth and seniors and
optimizing the production of unused land for food and alternative energy."
Urban Farming Helps the Detroit Community
According to the Urban Farming website through partnerships with local
business and support of the community Urban Farming plants food for
the needy to pick and eat. Urban Farming also facilitates mentoring
programs to teach both youths and adults about agriculture, fossil
fuels, math, science, life skills and the advantages of healthy eating
An NPR report sites Urban Farming has taken over nearly 20 derelict
properties in Detroit and the surrounding areas alone. After the food
is grown and dispersed what ever is left over is donated to local food
In the same NPR report citizens of Detroit praise Urban Farming.
Detroit Resident Eric Parrish told NPR "You can tell people are
struggling. So when I do see these plots of land it makes me say, 'I
want to garden there."
The Future Of Urban Farming
Urban Farms are now popping up all over the country. Urban Farming is
not the only nonprofit seeking to eradicate hunger by using land and
spaces that otherwise waste away.
Time.com displays a slideshow of images from urban farms across
metropolitan America including San Francisco, Boston, New York and
Chicago. The pictures boast of future farms grown vertically on sky
rise buildings, off lakefronts on farm towers and agricultural
pyramids free of pesticides and parasites.
While these ideas are those of urban farms future the urban farms of
the present are bringing communities together to serve the needy and
to clean up the foreclosure crisis that threatens Detroit and so many
American cities. Urban farming is also being used to eradicate other
problems facing Americans today, such as, global warming and loss of