There are over 1300 urban farms in Detroit: some covering 40 acres and operating at an industrial scale, others converting a single lot into a resource just for a few families. While most would agree to the substantive benefits of urban agriculture, few initiatives have evolved into sustainable models for ecological diversification, economic resurgence and infrastructural efficiency. We are working with the Oakland Avenue Urban Farm on a plan: unifying a six acre site into an operational (agri)cultural landscape. We've started by building on the farms successes, documenting the flora and fauna, and designing value added products, including: Afro Jam and Detroit Bissap.

THE OAKLAND AVENUE URBAN FARM

Detroit, Michigan

 

Principals:

Anya Sirota,

Jean Louis Farges

 

In collaboration with:

Jerry and Billy Hebron

 

Landscape architect:

Christophe Ponceau

 

Project team:

Taylor Montgomery, Sam Okolita, Matthew Story, Annelise Heeringa

 

With assistance from:

Arvinder Singh, Rafael Kopper, Sabrina Herbosa Reyes, Alix Eoche-duval