Many cities and counties tout their community gardens or new regulations allowing folks to sell their garden produce on the market, but Detroit actually FARMS.  While some bemoan Detroit’s contraction, others are seeing a long term opportunity in urban farming.

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Earthworks Urban Farm has led this revolution and has been working with the community to develop farms within the city since 1997.  Last month while I visited Detroit, I had the opportunity to tour Earthworks’ properties in northeastern Detroit.  It’s harvest season in Detroit, and my eyes were cast wide open as I marveled at the city’s bounty.  Michigan as a whole is a farming wonder.

With hard word, dedication, and perseverance, Detroit may just turn the idea of what makes a city on its head.  And with today being World Food Day and Blog Action Day, I cannot think of a better showcase of what the future could like than Detroit.

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butternut squash

butternut squash

cabbage almost ready for picking

cabbage almost ready for picking

sunflower, garden in Corktown

sunflower, garden in Corktown

an orchard on the way, Detroit

an orchard on the way, Detroit

chard, the bacon of greens

chard, the bacon of greens

rows of green for fall salads

rows of green for fall salads

huge compost pile at Earthworks

huge compost pile at Earthworks

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Leon Kaye

Leon Kaye is the founder and editor of GreenGoPost.com. Based in California, he is a business writer and consultant. His work is has also appeared on Triple Pundit , The Guardian's Sustainable Business site and has appeared on Inhabitat and Earth911. His focus is making the business case for sustainability and corporate social responsibility. He's pictured here in Qatar, one of the Middle East countries in which he takes a keen interest because of its transformation into a post-oil economy. Other areas of interest include sustainable development in The Balkans, Brazil and Korea. He was a new media journalism fellow at the International Reporting Project, for which he covered child survival in India during February 2013. Contact him at leon@greengopost.com. You can also reach out via Twitter (@LeonKaye) and Instagram (GreenGoPost). As of October 2013, he now lives and works in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.