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For the months of September and October, YB2C Live! Is focusing on urban farmers and agribusinesses. In this episode, Pam and Keith sit down with Malik Yakini of D-Town Farm.
D-Town Farm was founded by a collective of people all with a mission to create a comprehensive food policy in the city.
D-Town has a total of 7 acres, making it the largest urban farm in the city of Detroit, with solar energy,
three coop houses, and 30 different fruits, vegetables, and herbs currently growing on the farm.
Malik did not start in the farming world, but he has always been food minded.
Malik describes his journey from running a school in Detroit to becoming executive director of the Detroit Black Community Food Security Network, all leading up to his work with D-Town.
Negotiation with City Council played a huge role in founding D-Town, says Malik.
Malik talks expansion since founding D-Town, including the addition of solar energy stations, internships, rain water collection, and the addition of a number of crops and coop houses.
Malik believes everyone relates to food somehow, even if they aren’t sticking their hands in the soil.
D-Town participates in "agri-tourism" and holds tours and a harvest festival to keep everyone in the community involved.
Malik talks food politics and policy in Detroit, and why it’s important that something is finally being done about it.
Malik and D-Town are a part of the ever growing agriculture movement in Detroit.
D-Town is helping return balance to the community through food, activities, and jobs for the people of Detroit.
For more information about D-Town Farm and Malik Yakini:
Give them a call!
Visit their website!
Volunteer with D-Town!
Read their blog!
Find out about Detroit Community Black Food Security Network!
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