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ENVS 3320 Urban Agriculture in Detroit (Summer: 3 )


Course Description

With more than 1400 farms and gardens, Detroit has become a global leader in urban agriculture and symbol of urban sustainability. In this course we will investigate the contemporary urban condition through the eyes of Detroit farmers and gardeners who are creating more equitable communities and sustainable relationships with the land. Daily urban agricultural fieldwork, class discussions, environmental media, and workshops with community partners will facilitate our engagement with Detroit as we reflect on our own relationship to food, ecology, and cities. Course themes include urban planning and racial politics, problems and possibilities of deindustrialization, rise of the environmental justice movement, and community-based strategies for urban transformation.


Instructor(s): Michael Cermak and Matthew Delsesto

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with: SOCY3320

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Last Updated: 01-Mar-17