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RecoveryPark : Repurposing Detroit's Neighbourhoods
Fri, 18 November 2016, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM EST
Join us for an evening of listening and learning from Gary Wozniak, Director of RecoveryPark in Detroit. Learn how it is possible to repurpose urban areas into food producing spaces.
This is in conjunction with a one day conference to look at both the current state and a future agenda for urban agriculture in the city of London. Keynote Speaker, Lauren Baker from the Toronto Food Policy Council opens the day in the Wolf Performance Hall at 10 am. Break out sessions will follow; 11 am-noon: Urban Agriculture Policy for Municipalities, Appropriate Technology, and The Role of Fruit and Nut Trees AND 1-2 pm: The Economics of Urban Agriculture, The Role of Animals, and Food Security. Register for one am and one pm session at the Library, online or by telephone. There will be exhibits and a photo contest. The day closes with a wrap-up discussion of next steps facilitated by the Urban League of London. Free event, register here.
Background on RecoveryPark:
Our mission is to create jobs for people with barriers to employment.
Our development strategy is to leverage the city’s underutilized assets:a large available workforce, abundant open space, access to fresh water, extensive infrastructure and a wide array of manufacturing and technology companies. We believe in creating job opportunities for Detroit’s residents and in helping returning citizens and challenged workers return to the work force.
Pilot Farm Projects 2014 & 2015 : In 2014 we began growing produce at in a high-tunnel where we were able to grow and sell more than 25 varieties of specialty items from and serve more than a dozen of the area’s top chefs and restaurants.
In 2015 we expanded our farm to a one acre facility and we were able to produce more than 70 varieties and develop business plans which will soon be the basis for RecoveryPark Farms as a stand-alone business.