Anarcho-Farming in Detroit

Friday, August 17, 2012
Posted in category Food Freedom

This is a nice PBS video which is a pilot for an upcoming series titled “Food Forward.” This documentary explores the explosion of urban agriculture (especially in NY, Milwaukee, and Detroit) and interviews the “food rebels” who make things happen, even if on a very small scale. The documentary looks at community gardens as an alternative to the industrial-supplied grocery stores. The last portion of the video visits the anarcho-urban agriculture revolution in my city, Detroit.

Watch Pilot: Urban Farming on PBS. See more from Food Forward.

Greg Willerer of Detroit’s Brother Nature Farms is interviewed. I met Greg and his wife, Olivia, a few weeks ago, and I toured their farm. In this documentary, Greg notes that, “In spite of the fact that Detroit has all of the odds stacked against it, Detroiters have the rare opportunity to rebuild their city, and we’re doing it.” In fact, one female urban farming homesteader is quoted as saying, “If it’s vacant, I’ll take it.” Murray Rothbard would be proud.

Vimeo has a nice (short) video of Greg Willerer, and his take on farming in Detroit. Greg quit his day job to farm full time. By the way, Brother Nature is at Dertoit Eastern Market on most Saturdays, and they sell the best salad mix (mild, spicy, or mixed) that I have ever had in my life.

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2 Responses to Anarcho-Farming in Detroit

  1. DavidBrennan says:

    August 17th, 2012 at 11:34 pm

    Full props to the Willerer family and everybody like them, of course. I think they embody the individualistic, frontiersman spirit that Americans had a few generations back, and I’m jealous of their great work.

    ….But, uh….I get almost as chilled by these overly clinical mainstream media reports about any sort of individualism or “survivalist” lifestyle. I just get the feeling that they’re just doing recon work for future invasions of these people’s liberty; like they’re scouting them out for weaknesses and things they can later exploit.

    And they know damn well that most everybody wants to be on TV nowadays.

  2. Brandon says:

    August 20th, 2012 at 2:01 pm

    This is pretty bad ass.  I would love to replicate this in Waco.  I wonder how they water the plants on vacant lots?  You don’t have a spigot to plug in to to water, so what are they doing?

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