An estimated 1,400 urban gardens have sprouted up throughout Detroit, created by individuals and groups that want to put the thousands of acres of vacated and often blighted land to more productive use—growing fresh food, generating income, and creating community. As the number and size of these gardens (in some cases small farms) grows, and as Detroit’s economy recovers, disagreements over them are beginning to erupt. Some critics argue that the land could be better used for other commercial pu…

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