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Since Michigan has been getting a ton of national media attention these days, it can be easy to forget that there are local events and new developments happening around the state all the time.

One of the better stories of late comes thanks to the Michigan Urban Farming Initiative and a new development they’re going to build out of a vacant apartment building (that they won at an auction for just a little over $5000). The property will hold a cafe and a community resource center when completed, which is estimated to be in May.

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The Michigan Urban Farming Initiative is expanding its presence in Detroit’s North End area with a new partnership to help transform a vacant apartment building into a community center and cafe as part of was is being touted as the country’s first urban “agrihood.”

The nonprofit on Wednesday announced the support of BASF SE and Sustainable Brands, a global community of business innovators, which will help renovate the 3,200-square-foot three-story apartment building at 7432 Brush St. and across from MUFI’s 2-acre urban garden. It will house commercial kitchens that will service the planned cafe and allow for future production and packaging of goods for the organization. Other new amenities being developed include a children’s learning sensory garden. Continue Reading

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