I was recently introduced to the URBAN FARM MAGAZINE.  I found it to be an excellent resource for anybody that has the desire to start a family or community garden.  It is published bimonthly by BowTie Magazines, a division of BowTie, Inc.  The subscription rate for 6 issues (one year) is $19.97, two years is $29.97.   Canadian and foreign, add $6.00 extra per year payable in U.S. funds.  You should allow 6 – 8 weeks for new subscriptions to begin.

The March/April issue of Urban Farms has several articles that should be of interest to the garden beginner as well as the more experienced gardener/urban farmer.  Beginning with a impressive and informative article on urban farming in Detroit “Motown To Growtown: Greening Detroit”.  It focuses on several organizations that are working very hard to turn the city around through gardening/farming (more on that below).  Other meaningful articles are:

  • Secrets to Community Garden Success
  • Start Your Seeds Today
  • Pollinators in Peril: Keep Bees in the City
  • Guerrilla Gardening: Neighborhood Clean-Up
  • Make Maple Syrup (and Recipes) From City Trees 
  • Sustainability: Coming to a City Near You

You can read these articles online at www.urbanfarmonline.com.  If you are at all interested in the green movement, I would definitely encourage you to pick the magazine up and include it in your library on a regular basis.

MOTOWN TO GROWTOWN: GREENING DETROIT

This is a great article because it highlights several groups that are focused on Detroit’s urban farming initiative.  Detroit may be the first city in the nation to feed its residents primarily from urban gardens.   A study by Michigan State University indicates that a combination of urban farms, storage facilities and hoop houses — greenhouses used to extend the growing season — could supply local residents with more than 75% of their vegetables and 40% of their fruits.  With numbers like that it is easy to understand how important it is for anybody that is interested in turning the city around be aware of the groups that are now working at the front line in the ongoing effort to improve the image of the city and the lifestyles of its residents.  If you are interested in volunteering  or making a donation, a list of a few of the organizations (courtesy of the magazine) and their contact information is provided below:

 One resource not identified by the article is THE GARDEN RESOURCE PROGRAM COLLABORATIVE.  Visit www.detroitagriculture.org to learn more.

Another story about Detroit’s renaissance can be found in the archives of Urban Farm magaine.   Go to urbanfarmonline.com and look for the article  “Deep Impact” in the Summer 2010 issue.

For more information regarding how to start a community garden program of your own go to http://projectsweettomato.com or contact Arthur Littsey/Nine Below Zero at (313) 369-1710 or by email littsey.arthur@sbcglobal.net