Investors buying up Detroit land to convert to farms

Hantz Farms plans to farm up to 5,000 acres in Detroit. Others are doing the same on a smaller scale too. Abandoned factories could be used for hydroponic growing

“People look at these abandoned houses and think, ‘No one could live there. Let’s tear it down,’ ” said Score, a former business development consultant for Michigan State University’s agricultural extension program.

“I look at it and think, maybe we could grow mushrooms inside there.”

I like his attitude.

The plan is to grow locally and sell locally, something Detroit residents would welcome as there are no major chain food stores in the city.


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