For Greg Willerer, Detroit's new urban frontier is a lot like the Wild West: Grow enough food to support your family, make do with what you have, and rely on your neighbors when you need help.
"For all intents and purposes, there is no government here," said Willerer, 43, checking the greens and other crops he is growing on an acre off Rosa Parks Boulevard, across from an abandoned house with broken windows. "If something were to happen, we have to handle that ourselves."I've met Greg, and I know his wife, and they are fine exemplars of independent, intelligent entrepreneurship and responsible stewardship that urban agriculture has brought to the inner city. Their farm, Brother Nature, also grows the best (spicy) salad in the state of Michigan. Meanwhile, they continue to explore new opportunities through expanding land ownership. Greg adds this comment:
"We can do so much better as an ecosystem of small businesses supporting each other," he says, sampling mizuna greens while chickens peck at insects nearby. "The best way for us to change a small part of the world is to start a transformative business."