Detroit Plants Seeds for Innercity Entrepeneurs

Midwest
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
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Forget school-top farms for privileged Manhattan children. You want something truly radical? How about taking over abandoned lots in Detroit so poor single mothers can make a living growing organic produce. That is in part the focus of Grown in Detroit, a new documentary about how the Motor City, on both the large and small scale, is trying to become the manure city. The film is currently screening at a few locations in town as part of the Detroit Windsor International Film Festival. For those of us not in the shrinking city, though, there’s an ingenious option to stream the doc on its website, albeit on a pay-what-you-will basis, which is almost as clever as the idea to turn Detroit into one giant, happy farm.

One Response to “Detroit Plants Seeds for Innercity Entrepeneurs”

  1. laura says:

    This is an amazing idea on many levels. For turning empty space into productive space, for providing a chance to people to grow their own food and learn some self sustainability, to enable children to see something else is possible. Empty space has amazing power if we can harness it and adapt it to a different use as most entrepreneurs will attest. I especially liked the way the problem was set – how can you turn this idea into a life sustaining enterprise? Isn’t this the eternal question of the entrepreneur, no matter what the industry,m the gender, the age, the class, the times?
    Kirsti – The Neenan Company

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