When you think of Detroit, what do you think of? Cars? Motown? Anything else? How about a “destination for fresh, local and natural foods?” Ya, me neither. At least not yet.

The demand for local foods is growing in Detroit, as it is everywhere, and officials in Detroit are working towards a solution to meet that demand. The Detroit News reports that Hantz Farms will use a vacant and abandoned 70 plus acre property on the lower east side to create the country’s largest urban garden.

"Detroit could be the nation's leading example of urban farming and become a destination for fresh, local and natural foods and become a major part of the green movement," the company said in a released statement. "Hantz Farms will transform this area into a viable, beautiful and sustainable area that will serve the community, increase the tax base, create jobs and greatly improve the quality of life in an area that has experienced a severe decline in population."

With all of the problems that the auto industry is having in Detroit right now, it’s a good time for the city to find something new to be known for. I’ve never had a desire to visit Detroit, but if the city becomes a destination for fresh, local and natural foods, I may have to check it out some day. 

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Robin Shreeves ( @rshreeves ) focuses on food from a family perspective from her home base in New Jersey.