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Detroit ‘Agrihood’ Adds Value to Neighborhood

Detroit ‘Agrihood’ Adds Value to Neighborhood

When the Michigan Urban Farming Initiative (MUFI) acquired its first parcel of land in Detroit, it looked nothing like a farm. Five years later, it’s the center of an ‘agrihood’—a neighborhood centered around agriculture that is located firmly in a city. The central farming area contains 300 different crops, an orchard, a greenspace and a children’s sensory garden. However, the MUFI knows it cannot economically rely on the direct sale of its crops, so the organization has also focused on adding value to the community. The food produced is given away to roughly 2,000 households in a two-mile radius, as well as local churches and food pantries. There are plans for a community resource center, an automated rainwater cistern, and a café. Then there’s the value of living next to a farm. “The point of the agrihood is you can have the farm and eat from it too,” co-founder Tyler Gersh says. “You can have it all.”
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