Agriculture

Keep Growing Detroit: Fostering a Food Sovereign City

Detroit has always had a robust urban agriculture scene rooted in the resilience and innovation of its residents. For the past decade, Keep Growing Detroit (KGD) has been one of the many organizations, farms and individuals building on this history to strengthen the Detroit food ecosystem and foster food sovereignty. Through their Garden Resource Program, […]

in Agriculture, Detroit, Find Local Food, Southeast Michigan

Changing the Soil at We the People Opportunity Farm

This content originally appeared in We the People Opportunity Farm’s (WTPOF) June Newsletter and is being shared with permission. Sign up for WTPOF’s newsletter here. Our formerly incarcerated paid internship program is off to a GREAT start! We are fortunate to have TWO dynamic interns, Malachai Muhammad and Abdurrahman (Abdu) Banta. Just as my grandmother […]

“Meating” The Demand

From farmers to distributors to processing plants to grocery workers, the coronavirus continues to blindly take a large toll on essential workers across the food system. On day 63 of quarantine in Michigan, it’s becoming all too familiar to find grocery store shelves with fewer and fewer meat options, while some are completely bare depending […]

Making Valuable Connections 

Imagine for a moment, a fresh Taste the Local Difference Local Food Coordinator, newly tasked with making new connections in their region to locally grown and produced foods. It’s a simple concept, sure, but take my region for example, the Upper Peninsula, over 16,000 square miles, dotted with numerous communities all accessing food in different […]

Growing a Local Garden

Amid the COVID-19 crisis, gardening seems more popular than ever before. With all sectors of the country experiencing some troubles related to food, many are taking action in their yards and communities to take control of their own food supply. And that chain does not get any shorter than from your own backyard to plate. […]

in Agriculture, Gardening

Small Boats are Easier to Turn than Cruise Ships

Every morning I wince at the new headlines: “Smithfield shutting U.S. pork plant indefinitely, warns of meat shortages during pandemic;” “Dumped Milk, Smashed Eggs, Plowed Vegetables: Food Waste of the Pandemic;” and “White House Seeks To Lower Farmworker Pay To Help Agriculture Industry;” just to name a few. With all the market instability, the unfolding […]