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Michigan Urban Farming Initiative

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The Michigan Urban Farming Initiative is an all-volunteer 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that seeks to engage members of the community in sustainable agriculture. We believe that challenges unique to urban communities like Detroit (e.g., vacant land, food security) present a unique opportunity for community-supported agriculture. We hope to empower urban communities by using agriculture as a platform to promote education, sustainability, and community while simultaneously reducing socioeconomic disparity. The Michigan Urban Farming Initiative is based in Detroit's North End community. Our mission is to use urban agriculture as a platform to promote education, sustainability, and community in an effort to empower urban communities, solve many social problems facing Detroit, and potentially develop a broader model for redevelopment for other urban communities. Our primary focus is the redevelopment of a three-acre area in Detroit's North End, which is being positioned as an epicenter of urban agriculture. This space is heavily themed by "adaptive reuse of the built-environment" in which we are hoping to demonstrate everything from best practices for sustainable urban agriculture, Effective strategies for increasing food security, cost-competitive and scalable models for blight deconstruction, and Innovation in Blue and Green infrastructure.

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MUFI Urban Ag Campus Located in Detroit's North End Neighborhood, MUFI's campus is nearly 3 acres large. Within it's footprint, the campus features a collection of projects, each of which are in varying stages of development. Approximately 1/3rd of the campus is dedicated to production farming, another 1/3rd to interactive agriculture, and the remaining 1/3rd to hardscaped space (i.e. structures). MUFI has been operating at this location since 2011. Thanks to the help of over 10,000 volunteers who have engaged in over 100,000 of volunteer service MUFI has been able to grow and distribute over 50,000 pounds of produce (grown using organic methods) to over 2,000 households within 2-square miles at no cost to the recipients. The campus itself has become an international tourist destination, receiving thousands of tourists from all over the world each year. Community Resource Center 7432 Brush street is a distressed property in Detroit that was purchased by MUFI in October 2011. It was built in 1915 and used continuously until circa 2009. The property is a three story, six unit apartment complex, which has since become uninhabitable. In partnership with BASF, we are pursuing a LEED Platinum designation as we work to rehab the property into community resource center and architectural masterpiece that showcases the highest performance sustainable construction technology across the supply chain in BASF's vendor portfolio. The building programming will include a wide va

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