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The first article was about how Detroit is trying to use it's vacant lots and create urban gardens. There are more than 1500 gardens around the city. A lot of citizens now have gardens in their backyard, since it is now allowed to sell your own food. A business man named John Hantz proposed an idea to the city to buy 300 acres of land for $300 per acre. The plan is to plant trees to help with the cities aesthetics. They also plan to grow fruit trees, those would provide jobs and generate income. General Motors and Ford are also supporting this green initiative. Greening of Detroit employs 200 out of 2000 applicants to work during the summer to take care of the of farms gardens and parks around the city. This article is useful because it emphasize the possible benefits of urban gardens throughout the city.  They can not only feed the hungry, but also provide jobs for the unemployed. According to Timm (2015), "This summer, Magnetic Sun took a job working with the Greening of Detroit in their gardens." The website could also list all the known gardens around the city (and maybe Michigan) for the commuters that attend Wayne State.  Rebecca Salimen Witt (2015), “Some of them are little postage stamp gardens in someone’s backyard, and some of them are full scale urban farms that are growing produce for sale, serving as someone’s primary living.”They could go to a garden closer to their house and still receive fruits and vegetables at a great price. 


Timm, Jane C. "Urban Farming Takes Hold in Blighted Motor City." Msnbc.com. NBC News Digital, 25 Mar. 2014. Web. 02 Apr. 2015.           


The second article talks about a group of University of Iowa students who came and visited Detroit for Spring Break. They wanted to help address urban decay. They ended up volunteering for the Michigan Urban Farming Initiative. They interviewed the founder Tyson Gersh. Gersh told them that he grew up in Ann Arbor.. His parents told him they do not go to Detroit because it is unsafe. Tyson bought a lot with a vacant house and turned it into an urban garden. They get majority of their help from volunteers. “It started as a very naïve effort to end food insecurity through community gardening,” Gersh said. MUFI sell food at a suggested price or whatever you can afford to the community. This article could be useful to SEED Wayne for outreach. Many community gardens thrive through the help of volunteers.  Lily Abromeit (2015), "She [Candace Jones] has also learned the importance of having a large population to derive help from." If the SEED Wayne website was more reliable it could receive a higher rate of volunteers, not only for themselves but for other gardens around the city.


Abromeit, Lily. "Detroit Gardening." The Daily Iowan. University of Iowa Community, 23 Mar. 2015. Web. 02 Apr. 2015.

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