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There's something amazing growing in the city of Detroit: healthy, accessible, delicious, fresh food. In a spirited talk, fearless farmer Devita Davison explains how features of Detroit's decay actually make it an ideal spot for urban agriculture. Join Davison for a walk through neighborhoods in transformation as she shares stories of opportunity and hope. "These aren't plots of land where we're just growing tomatoes and carrots," Davison says. "We're building social cohesion as well as providing healthy, fresh food.

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40 Comments on How urban agriculture is transforming Detroit | Devita Davison

  1. “Robocop” documentary taught me all I need to know about Detroit.

  2. Hello Detroit! All the best

  3. Due to living on a Democratic plantation – the african-americans in Detroit suffer,.

    • The state’s been run by Republicans more times than not…the problems started while George Romney (elected more because of his business success than any kind of political knowledge…sound familiar?) was governor and left the ruins of the ’67 riots to rot while he ran for President.

    • In short, Detroit is a city on the brink of ruination. At the center of that ruination is 50 years of Democrat rule. The last Republican Mayor the city had was Louis C. Miriani, who lost his reelection bid in 1961 and ended up spending 10 years in prison for tax evasion. (The Democrats rukling the City since then – many of them blacks has been engulfed in horrifying corruption – but they are blacks. So OK – do not blame them but white racism.)

  4. Things could be 1000x better if they got government out of the way. Detroit is a perfect example of what happens when you start asking the taxpayer to fund everything…. get out of the way, let people uplift themselves out of poverty. Detroit has talented people that can’t do anything because they have so many horrible laws that prohibit them from easily starting jobs, easily reclaim land, easily make their lives better.

    PRO TIP: Don’t be afraid of profit. Profit is sustainability for anyone… profit allows you to adjust and expand, or re-invest. Beware of the hate for profit. Profit isn’t Greed. Profit in the hands of good people allows great things to happen, especially when no government is protecting the bad ones.

    Detroit, you have the talent, set them free to do great things.

    • walperstyle Lol, trying so hard to shift the guilt. Good luck developing normal social structure in a city full of criminals. Strictly speaking, I do not know whether I should correlate this with black majority or not, but it’s funny that they return to their African roots — being savage tribes.

    • City full of criminals? Must be because they are all black right? …Its commenters such as yourself that are the problem. Create opportunity, don’t close off in your shell and judge others with open blanket semi-racist remarks. If you’ve ever been in the Military, you know full well that peoples culture, background, or skin color really don’t mean anything when they have objectives or goals and a drive to accomplish them.

      Myself, I lived in Vancouver BC Canada, but moved to Alberta. The same reason why people left Detroit. Cities often suck when they have too many central planners, all being funded by taxation. Wealth, real wealth, comes from individuals being free and able to create wealth. It doesn’t come from a handout, government protectionism, big corporations or big unions.

      Kill Corporatism with Capitalism. And end the socialism that allows people to democratically bully each other.


    • Also, we all revert back to savage tribes. It is human nature. Look at the middle east, look at the IRA in Irealand. When you have closed off communities that are being suppressed willingly or not by some form of central government or laws, you get the ‘tribal’ segregation you are talking about.

    • walperstyle It’s ridiculous to compare Vancouver to Detroit. I used to live in Detroit (during the last few years of “Coleman Young dynasty”). Today, a good portion of Detroit residents rely on the government to redistribute to survive. If you get rid of government, half of Detroit population will immediately starve. It’s a humanitarian crisis. I suggest you read up on Coleman Young, his policy, and its impact on the city.

    • The only difference between Detroit and Vancouver is Vancouver let a lot of real estate investors from China come and buy up all the land… There is still massive unemployment there, and its almost impossible to start your own business there… you know, create jobs. The problem is still the same.

  5. I’m pretty sure I’ve seen this talk before. I do like the concept a lot, though

  6. Beautiful :).

  7. Roland Ocomen // 9th January 2018 at 4:44 pm // Reply

    Say good things about Detroit.

  8. She seems very strong.

  9. Dindonmasker V // 9th January 2018 at 4:52 pm // Reply

    great work! healthy food is the base to a brighter futur! ♥

  10. I like Detroit the way it is. With all the abandoned buildings, homeless population, and drive-by shootings, it’s a unique open-air museum our industrial age has to offer. Leave it the way it is!

  11. I’m from Detroit……this is absolute hyperbole.

    • The Original Gamer // 9th January 2018 at 6:58 pm // Reply

      I think she’s trying to inspire people. The world is the way you see it, more or less.

    • The Original Gamer – these community farms are not a bad thing at all, but Detroit has improved greatly in recent years (in large part) because people have stopped investing in “emotions” and have redirected that energy toward tangible things. These community farms don’t produce even 0.001% of Detroit’s annual caloric consumption…. whereas “party-stores” are still feeding much of the city.

    • That’s exactly what she says at the beginning of her presentation; the notion that urban farming will transform the future of Detroit’s food to help solve current dietary health problems. The entire presentation is about the work that’s being done to get the city to an ideal point, not where the city is already at.

    • reid8470 – exactly! The “notion” that urban farming will revolutionize food production in Detroit is hyperbole…. these farms are not producing a surplus of seasonal produce that is sold or given away at markets or grocery stores to the extent it accounts for a nominal fraction of caloric intake. Change requires requisite acquisition, not feel-good intentions. These farms are great for providing a positive hobby and a social bonding pretext for those involved, but they are too many steps removed from a viable solution to Detroit’s lack of grocery stores and self-edification regarding nutrition….

  12. Stop blaming gmos

  13. She a preacher on sunday morning?

  14. GreedAndSelfishness // 9th January 2018 at 6:05 pm // Reply

    There’s something amazing growing in the city of Detroit: Black babies. These creatures grow up to be the ones who keep police busy, with their raping, thieving and other jolly good things. Oh, who am I kidding, theres no cops in Detroit. Not anymore. The whole place is a shithole.


  15. You’re obese because you shovel too much food in that fat face, not because there are too many fast food restaurants.
    I will however say yes, healthier food is a better option that that fast food chemical concoction.

  16. this lady has some great power! really motivating speach.

  17. David Carruthers // 9th January 2018 at 7:02 pm // Reply


  18. Alex1986Sevilla // 9th January 2018 at 8:58 pm // Reply

    BAD BAD BAD idea. City land is usually contaminated with heavy metals.
    Better use hydroponics.

  19. What’s the problem with genetic modified products? Why should we avoid them?

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