Published: April 3, 2015

Detroit conference to explore farming in highly populated areas

Contact(s): Sean Corp Extension office: (517) 884-7083

Urban agriculture and hobby farms are growing in popularity. New guidelines for raising livestock in populated areas will be presented from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on April 10 in Detroit during a one-day seminar hosted by the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development and MSU Extension. The workshop will take place at the Detroit Center, 3408 Woodward Ave.

Discussions will detail how to raise and care for certain livestock in urban areas and the process of working with local communities to develop policies. Owners of livestock facilities in populated areas are encouraged to attend and add their viewpoints to these discussions.

Steve Cohen, manager of food policy and programs for the Portland, Oregon Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, will discuss the challenges and opportunities provided by Portland’s Food Policy Program. Cohen focuses on all aspects of a sustainable food system, including planning, food security, education, economic development, urban agriculture, purchasing, waste reduction and climate change.

To register online, visit Community Considerations for Raising Livestock in Populated Areas. Registration is $35 and includes all materials and lunch.