The MUFI Demonstration Farm
To put it simply, the goals of the Michigan Urban Farming Initiative (MUFI) are threefold: grow good food, promote farm-based education, champion strong communities. In its inaugural year, MUFI organized a team of motivated individuals from diverse backgrounds to work together with residents from the North End community of Detroit to develop what is now the MUFI Demonstration Farm. Located in the heart of the North End neighborhood, the farm sits on roughly 2 acres of reclaimed urban prairie. What was once an eye-sore and deterrent for investment is now a diversified urban farm and community resource, drawing in over 2,500 volunteers and producing over 10,000lbs. of produce in 2013 alone. In addition to providing a source of sustainably grown food, the MUFI farm will be used to showcase innovative strategies for improving urban agriculture practices, promote projects designed for cost-effective strategies for converting community liabilities (i.e. blighted structures) into community assets (i.e. catalysts for economic mobility), and ultimately develop a broader model for redevelopment for other communities within Detroit.
KGI is a nonprofit community of over 30,000 people who are growing some of our own food and helping others to do the same.
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