Born in Royal Oak, Michigan, raised in Troy, I really didn’t interact with the city of Detroit until I went to Wayne State University located in mid-town, south of Grand Boulevard and what used to be the General Motors Building, and north of Cass Corridor and dire poverty. My whole stay in the Metro-Detroit area often had me driving I-96 or Telegraph Road through the Brightmoor neighborhood of Detroit, but never stopping, never staying. What is true for this neighborhood is true for most of the Motor City–a food desert that needs immediate and vital ways of feeding and taking care of itself. Here are two links dealing with the issue of urban agriculture in Detroit. The first is a link to the Urban Roots website and the trailer for their 2011 documentary on urban farming in Detroit. The second is a link to NPR’s The Salt and their segment on goat farming in Detroit.
The third link is also from The Salt and focuses on the affect of megafarms in Rural America, an issue which Wendell Berry has written extensively on and should concern us all, rural or urban.