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City farming the focus of upcoming forum

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Professionals will meet outside of Detroit to discuss urban farming.
Professionals will meet outside of Detroit to discuss urban farming.

Urban agriculture can have an effect on different industries, such as healthcare or energy.

To examine how urban farming is connected to the economy, the Engineering Society of Detroit and the American Society of Agriculture and Biological Engineers are presenting a summit on October 28. Speakers and panels will shed light on how other industries are affected by growing in cities.

Four groupings of experts will sit in to discuss the following topics: commercialization, environment, financing incentives, crop-production systems and zoning and land use.

"If you think urban farming is a Detroit issue or will impact those in the agriculture-related fields only, think again," the ESD's website said.

Urban farming has become more popular and wide ranging. Schools have taken to producing some of their own food, while community gardens give city dwellers a chance to grow their own vegetables. Some buildings even feature gardens on their roofs, as space in urban areas is often limited.

The agricultural economy in general is improving in areas, especially land values and the sale of farm equipment.

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