Address: 7432 Brush St., Detroit MI 48202 / (313) 444-6834
About Us / The Michigan Urban Farming Initiative's Urban Farm History: The area has been designed in such a way that it maximizes the amount of land available for cultivation. It will include a large gravel path to accomodate equipment to access the area and smaller scale paths to accomodate individual access while ensuring that arable space is not wasted. In addition, sheds, compost pens and other structures will be placed on top of rocky, clay, or otherwise suboptimal soil rather than on fertile, arable land.?On this site MUFI will provide community programming and training. Individuals who are interested in acquiring the necessary skills to create and maintain urban farmland through to production will have the opportunity to work with members of MUFI through a training program. Through this program, individuals will experience the full cycle of urban farming while working with MUFI staff. Those participating in the training program will keep all crops produced and will have the option to sell to a local grocer, sell at market, or eat. This means that those participating will not only benefit from gaining the experience necessary to create their own urban farms elsewhere in the future, but also provide them with actual food and the potential for income.?The growing seasons and size of all crops will be synchronized so that every inch of land always has something growing on it, and so that each inch of land is being used as efficiently as possible, with as much food as possible growing on a given patch of soil. Furthermore, efforts will be focused on a select variety of crops, selected for their high yield, nutritional density and ease of cultivation. These are crops that will give us the most “bang for buck.” The most valuable crops are those that meet a need (are tasty and nutritious), is space efficient (high yield), and has a low risk of failing (easy to cultivate, pest and weather resistant).The Michigan Urban Farming Initiative is a start-up 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Detroit's North End community that seeks to engage members of the Michigan community in sustainable agriculture. We believe that challenges unique to the Michigan community (e.g., vacant land, poor diet, nutritional illiteracy, and food insecurity) present a unique opportunity for community-supported agriculture. Using agriculture as a platform to promote education, sustainability, and community—while simultaneously reducing socioeconomic disparity—we hope to empower urban communities.