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Progress made toward Detroit agriculture rules

The Associated Press

DETROIT (AP) -- Zoning changes to allow larger-scale farming on vacant land in Detroit are moving forward and mean some projects might move forward as soon as next year.

The Detroit Free Press reports (http://on.freep.com/ONO5Df ) that the draft Urban Agriculture Ordinance is expected to go before the City Council's advisory City Planning Commission later this month.

City Council could take up the issue in January.

The draft was written with the advice of nonprofit community gardeners and advocates of large-scale farming. The newspaper says the ordinance would put no size limits on urban farms, and it would permit the sale of produce through farm stands and farmers markets as well as retail or wholesale.

Some large-scale proposals still would need approval from city planners, and soil testing or other measures might be required.


Information from: Detroit Free Press, http://www.freep.com

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