At the end of 2016, the Michigan Urban Farming Initiative (MUFI) revealed its plans for America’s frst Sustainable Urban Agrihood in the city of Detroit. An agrihood is an alternative neighbourhood growth model which has agriculture as the centrepiece of a mixed-use development. Several agrihoods already exist in the US, but they are all situated in rural areas. The Detroit project, which spans over 1,200 m2, will be the frst one that is located in a city.
MUFI already runs a successful 1,000 m2 garden, a 200-tree fruit orchard and a children’s sensory garden. They provide free produce to neighbourhood churches, food pantries and homeless people. As part of the agrihood plan MUFI will completely renovate an abandoned building and turn it into an energy-efcient, sustainable Community Resource Centre. It will include office space, event and meeting spaces, commercial kitchens and a healthy cafe. The plans also include turning a fire-damaged property into a water harvesting cistern to irrigate the gardens. The project will be completed before the end of 2017.