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Friday, April 3, 2009

PLANS FOR HANTZ FARM IN DETROIT UNVEILED

I can already see the hipsters squirming. While multiple community gardens have sprung up around the city of Detroit, serious talks of a commercially run urban farm had not yet been floated, until now. John Hantz, of the financial services firm Hantz Group, unveiled plans for "Hantz Farm", in the city of Detroit yesterday, which would convert vacant parcels of land into a full scale farm. While the details of the plan are unclear Hantz hinted to the Detroit Free Press that his farm could, "...grow everything from Christmas trees to fruits and vegetables, with amenities such as a cider mill or horseback riding available."

Meanwhile, since Hantz released the plans for the urban farm yesterday morning, an article in the Detroit News stated that city officials formerly announced that more than 70 acres of vacant land on Detroit's lower east side are slated to be used by Hantz to create the world's largest urban farm.

Moreover, the Detroit News article states that Hantz farm will use Michigan State University as consultation on agricultural and soil science issues, along with W.K. Kellogg Foundation, a national leader in community-based food systems.

We'll keep you updated...

See the entire article in the Detroit Free Press here, along with the entire article in the Detroit News here.

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3 comments:

Hypestyle said...

sounds good, this model should be implemented in several sites throughout the city replacing such things as abandoned factory grounds, etc. smaller and larger-scale farming can co-exist easily, unfortunately, you have that ignorant element among city leaders/activists/citizens that automatically equate Urban Farming with "Plantations", adding an unnecessary racial spin to the debate, which could cause projects like this to crash & burn easily.. There's no reason why Detroit can't be much greener than it is; also take advantage of things like wind farms; get schools involved to teach children agriculture, forestry, botany, work on plots of land that schools adopt.. Detroit should have a reforestry program as well.. so many people are stuck on the notion that the city "must" have 2 milllion people again at all costs, they aren't even thinking pragmatically about downsizing the city, instead of pinning their hopes to pie-in-the sky repopulation "plans"..

Distressed Volatility said...

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Anonymous said...

Does Hantz ownership in Nu South beverage co. affect his decision on what will be growing? How is this switch from Hantz initial claims of not being organic, using conventional farming methods to being organic in a more recent article? I do not trust the project and see a future of high security fences, forced relocation , gmo seeds and crop dusting in a current dead zone below the fallout of the largest solid waste incinerator in the country. Why farm there? Once there were lots of farmed plots before it was built and they died off, so it is really a good idea to farm there? Heavy metal toxins are in the soil and still falling from the sky.