New Initiative Makes Urban Farming Mobile, Teaches Kids to Garden

Rev. Faith Fowler of Cass Community Social Services joins Detroit Today with Stephen Henderson.

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Urban farming is nothing new here in Detroit. But the industry is continuing to grow and change as our city leads the nation in new farming techniques in urban settings.

A new initiatives pairs The Ford Fund and Cass Community Social Services to further the use of these techniques to make fresh food more accessible. The initiative creates an indoor, hydroponic garden mobile within a shipping container, and it plants a garden bed in the back of a pickup truck to visit schools and teach kids about gardening.

The project fits into the vision and mission of Rev. Faith Fowler, executive director of Cass Community Social Services, who has devoted her life and religious practice to helping troubled people become self-sufficient with a good quality of life.

“Urban farms are limited in Michigan to one season, whereby (with) this contraption…we’ll be able to grow every day of the year,” Fowler tells Detroit Today host Stephen Henderson.

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