Friday, April 23, 2010
Detroit Transformed into a Garden
In the comments section of the note on Detroit below, the idea of ruralization of Detroit was mentioned. I thought it was an eminently grantable concept, and proposed - among others - to grow cassava in the new farms being prepared in Detroit's former downtown. As always, what appears to me as brilliant and original ideas, are later revealed to be old ideas of someone else. That is exactly the case with Detroit ruralization: there are many ideas floating around and the Capuchins already have been implementing it. In the pic a Detroit farm producing red currants for making jam. The good Capuchins brothers may have advanced too fast: According to the Doctrine of Sustainable Development, it is unwise to jump steps, and it would be appropriate to first learn subsistance gardening, then advance to market agriculture and only then, to complex semicommercial agroindustries like jam making.