detroit urban garden tour

Given our discussion the other day about agriculture in the inner city of Detroit, I thought that some of you might be interested to learn about this August 1 tour of farms being given by the Detroit Agriculture Network. Here’s a clip from their email announcing the 10th annual Urban Garden Tour. [Thanks to Jim for passing it along.]

This year’s tour will provide a close-up view of the emerging fresh, organic food system in Detroit, which is providing hope and nutrition to many. From hearty greens at the Earthworks farm on the Eastside to a Native American medicine wheel garden at Romanowski Farm Park in Southwest, tour participants will witness the conversion of vacant and under-utilized land to prosperous urban agricultural sites. Moreover, this year’s tour will show the newest aspect of this movement, as fresh, pesticide-free produce is becoming available to consumers at local farmers’ markets in Detroit through the “Grown in Detroit” label.

In order to accommodate the growing numbers of participants, this year’s tour will feature three separate simultaneous routes. The bus tours will cover east-side and west-side gardens, while the new biking tour will weave through gardens in the central city, including the Cass Corridor, Woodbridge and greater Corktown. All tours will leave from The Catherine Ferguson Academy located at 2750 Selden in Detroit. Registration begins at 5:30 and tours will leave at 6:00 sharp. A reception featuring local food and talent will follow the tours at 8:00 p.m. The fee for the tours is a sliding scale, $1-$20.

Early registration is strongly recommended. You can register by contacting Ashley Atkinson at 313-237-8736 or via email…

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  1. Posted July 11, 2007 at 8:00 am | Permalink

    This sounds wonderful. Yesterday UM released a study affirming the advantages of organic methods. The lead researcher said, “this is especially good news for developing countries, where it’s sometimes impossible to deliver food from outside, so farmers must supply their own. Yields in developing countries could increase dramatically by switching to organic farming.”

    Perhaps this is also good news for urban farmers?

    Organic Farming Can Feed the World

  2. Dr. Cherry
    Posted July 11, 2007 at 4:05 pm | Permalink

    gardening != farming

  3. Valerie Bertinelli Van Halen
    Posted July 11, 2007 at 4:38 pm | Permalink

    Farming = “the act of cultivating a tract of land for the purpose of agricultural production.”

  4. Hillary
    Posted July 11, 2007 at 5:01 pm | Permalink

    tract = “1. An expanse of land or water.”


    “A parcel of land, generally held for subdividing; a subdivision. Example: Reynolds, a subdivider purchases a tract of land. For marketing purposes, she subdivides the tract into lots.”

  5. egpenet
    Posted July 11, 2007 at 5:12 pm | Permalink

    lots = more than 12

  6. Posted July 19, 2007 at 11:43 am | Permalink

    I will definately be there! Slow Food Detroit is totally behind this!

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