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Detroit's gardens bring us together

Detroit is becoming quite the hot spot for urban gardening and farming. Solutions for economic growth and neighborhood revitalization in the city range from planting 15,000 trees in blighted, abandoned neighborhoods, to starting up small, community-centered CSAs (Community Supported Agriculture).

Living in D.C., CSAs were available on every corner, but I never joined one. Maybe it was the myriad farmers markets also available, or the hectic lifestyle, but I never felt the urge to really get to know my fellow community members. But when I moved back to Detroit, it was one of the first things on my mind.

One brisk morning at Astro Coffee, I found a business card for ACRE, an urban garden and CSA just north of Corktown. I joined immediately.

On our first veggie pickup, host Ryan greeted CSAers with Tom Collins, a little music and a tour of ACRE’s efforts, led by Hannah. (As some of my colleagues joked, this is no ordinary garden.)

It’s easy to find like spirits, who want to eat good, local produce. I even saw some friends from high school who happened to join the same garden.

Getting dirt ready for new planting.

Getting dirt ready for new planting.

It was so satisfactory to get to know these fellow Detroiters, and make our own veggie-centered connections with other great people in the city. The camaraderie among people working to make Detroit a better, more beautiful place is unmatched.

Looking forward to a summer full of ACRE’s fresh produce and friendly faces!

View from ACRE's plot of land, just north of the Fisher Fwy.

View from ACRE’s plot of land, just north of the Fisher Fwy.

Kaitlyn Buss
Kaitlyn Buss is editorial page writer for The Detroit News. Prior to joining the News, she lived in Washington, D.C., where she worked in public relations, opinion writing, and ran communications for an association of state legislators. She's a native of Metro Detroit. Follow her @KaitlynBuss.