Journalist Desiree Cooper asks the tough questions about urban farming and Detroit’s future on the DPTV series Sustainable Detroit, which airs Sundays nationally on PBS. She talks of the next wave of fortune-seekers to the city — not property-flippers, but hoe-wielding gardeners who see promoting urban agriculture as a necessary next step for repairing, as Cooper says, the city’s social fabric.
“If you’re a caring person and you’re surrounded by what seems to be just nothingness, it’s a heavy, heavy burden,” said Myrtle, adding that the gardens are a visible sign that someone on the block values the land, themselves and others. “When property is neglected, it says, ‘We don’t care, we can get away with dumping, and we can get away with vile behavior because nobody is watching.'” What they are really planting, said Myrtle, is a revolution in values.
Check out Cooper’s blog and the video below: