Largest urban farm in Detroit’s North End will transform into a five-acre landscape combining art, architecture, sustainable ecologies, and new market practices
By Robin Runyan
Dec 9, 2016,
Within this two-year project, these groups will:
Explore ways to reactivate existing architectures with innovative locally rooted programming,
Take the site off-grid by creating artful and functional infrastructures,
Foster worker-owned businesses as economic drivers, and
Integrate the arts into the fabric of community life.
The plans include:
Transforming a vacant residence into a convivial community dining hall and hostel accommodating visiting artists, agriculture specialists, and chefs.
Creating the Art Farm House—an exhibition space and mini art school for children and adults set in a neo-rural landscape—and an irrigation infrastructure that will serves as an “urban marker” and other energy-efficient systems.
Launching of the North End Superette, a farm-fresh convenience store and retail space for the farm’s value-added products.