Detroit Cultivator is the first and only community land trust in Detroit. What began as a multi-disciplinary effort to transform the six-acre Oakland Avenue Urban Farm into an experimental urban prototype for equitable regeneration has emerged as a collective vision that combines agricultural production, cultural activity, and ecological stewardship.
There are over 1300 farms and gardens currently operating in Detroit: some cover 40 acres; others convert a single lot into a resource for a few families. While the substantive benefits of urban agriculture are clear, few initiatives have evolved into sustainable models for the collective management of the postmodern, neo-rural landscape. Detroit Cultivator admits that design alone cannot provide a solution. Accordingly, it looks to a range of local leaders and professional experts to work together toward a common good.