Sunday, May 30, 2010
Farming in Detroit
My old friends will witness that I independently and spontaneously arrived to the brilliant idea of transforming Detroit's abandoned neighborhoods into subsistance farms, providing productive work for the population (90% African). If Robert Mugabe was able to transform thousands of hi-tech mechanized farms into unproductive subsistance farms, all in less than ten years, then why it could not be done in Detroit? Then I discovered that the idea was already under implementation at a small, trial scale. Now a billionaire businessman is proposing to carry out the plan on a grand scale. He calls it Hantz Farms. "There'll be the traditional methods (aka hoe and machete), but there'll also be some exciting, forward-thinking ways about how to farm (yet to be discovered)." As said, the soil and the climate of the City of Detroit are rather poor from the agricultural point of view, but a pair of goats and a potato plot will produce enough for the subsistence of a typical Detroit farmer. Of course, soon will arrive those "exciting, forward-thinking" things, like they did in Zimbabwe.