Green Acre (Singular): Detroit’s Sustainable Urban Farm
The idea of urban farming seems like a romantic fantasy. To see land that was once occupied by abandoned and burned-out houses turned into a thriving urban farm is nothing less than miraculous. There is a neighborhood in Detroit called Corktown, where an acre was transformed by Ryan Anderson and Hannah Clark to become a sustainable urban farm, aptly named Acre. Just over a year ago, they began to offer over thirty types of fresh produce—from incredible Blue Beauty tomatoes and rich purple carrots to black Spanish radishes—bringing locally grown produce to the neighborhood. As a consumer, I’m constantly questioning everything; I want to know where things are coming from, how they’re being made, and what’s behind them. Thankfully, this year’s growing season is right around the corner, and, beginning June 3, Acre will have weekly delivery available for individuals and restaurants. We all like to support local businesses, but even more so in this case, when we get to see what goes into everything they have created.
For more information, visit the farm’s Facebook page.
Photos: Courtesy of Daniel Caudill