WSW: Urban Farming's Growth And Future

Mar 10, 2016

Detroit's Renaissance Center
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Urban agriculture can be done in many places, and by people of different ages and with different interests. That’s according to Kami Pothukuchi, a Wayne State University Professor and the director of SEED Wayne. 

Pothukuchi will speak at 7:00 Thursday night in Knauss Hall. Her address called What is the Community That Feeds You?: Re-Imagining Food, Re-Imagining Community in Detroit. Pothukuchi’s address is part of the Center for the Humanities’ Reimagining Community Speaker Series.

Pothukuchi says while she doesn’t like the term “food deserts,” city farms can help improve access to fresh fruits and vegetables. But she says gardens in urban centers can do more than that. Pothukuchi says gardens create a sense of community and give people of different ages and backgrounds a chance to talk. She says it allows people a chance to learn more about other cultures. 

Asked about the future or urban agriculture, Pothukuchi says one of the big questions is the availability of land. She says Detroit has a lot of vacant land, but not all of it is currently accessible to potential farmers.