The city of Detroit has taken a major step forward in recognizing and supporting urban farming with the city’s Planning Commission approving a new urban farming ordinance earlier this week.
Urban farming is one of the fastest growing agricultural fads sweeping the country. By transforming unused, abandoned, and dilapidated urban buildings and properties, the urban farming movement seeks to rejuvenate economically depressed urban centers, create jobs and boost city revenue, and expand access to nutritious food to lower-income residents.
With massive urban unemployment and a crumbling economic base, Detroit has been at the epicenter of the urban farming movement. With the City Planning Commission unanimously approving an urban farming zoning plan that would allowing the official opening of farms within city limits, Detroit is all but certain to approve an urban farming plan within the next year.
In 2013, the City Council will debate the proposed zooming plan. While the Planning Commission is only an advisory body to the City Council, it is expected that the proposal will easily pass.
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Written by: Justin Ellison / Farm Plus Staff Writer