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Podcast: Urban Farming Finds a Niche

A century ago, it was not uncommon to see crops, orchards and even farm animals within Detroit city limits. In fact, after it was first settled in the 18th century, the entire town was used for growing food. Industrialization, of course, changed that and changed the landscape of the city.

But now a small, but growing number of people are interested in returning vacant space in Detroit to what it once was: farm country. Greg Willerer, whose Brother Nature Produce sits on a small acre on the Southwest side; and Lottie Spady, an advocate of city agrarians, say the time has come to use land that homes and factories have disappeared from for creating new opportunities in agriculture.

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    The farms will help with reducing pollution, bring some green back into peoples lives, and offer another alternative to making E-85 fuels and other things like hemp products like paper and Bio-oils with other commodities as well. Vary smart and creative thinking on the behalf of some one out there. Congratulations on a brillant idea. Now this is the kind of news I love to hear about. The kind we don't get much of now a days any more. Thank you Time.

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    I've seen these urban farms in downtown Detroit, they look awesome. I love the idea and I hope it catches on.

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