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Downtown Gardens Of Detroit

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Human Nature Taking Its Course

Urban agriculture is one of the keystones of resilience in cities, and in Detroit it might contribute to remaking the city's ravaged economy.

The fall of the auto industry left about 40 square miles in America's 11th largest city empty. That is about the same amount of space as all of San Francisco. Vegetation began to spread and wildlife came back as nature took it's course. But it was abandoned, useless land.

Now human nature is taking it's course! There is a thriving, vibrant urban gardening scene in that area. There are over 1,000 family and community gardens and small farms, and that number is growing all the time.

Meet Will Gardener, one of the many urban gardeners reviving the urban homestead ideal. He sells his produce at the Eastern Market, one of the biggest downtown produce markets of it's kind in America.

--Bibi Farber

This video was produced by PBS