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First Sustainable ‘Agrihood’ Gives Free Produce to 2,000 Detroit Residents

An urban renewal option that fosters communities instead of tearing them down and replacing them with gentrification.

One of Earth’s greatest challenges today is finding ways to give everyone access to nutritious and sustainable food. We know – small countryside farms. But how can we work with what we have today to generate sustainable grub?

Let’s talk *agrihood*, a new concept that promotes a localized relationship between living, eating, and working. It’s not new age mumbo jumbo, it’s actually cutting edge innovation that even big corporations are curious about because it’s working.

Non-profit The Michigan Urban Farming Initiative (MUFI), along with funding from corporate friends with local interests (inc General Motors Technical Center and Sustainable Brands), formed the first sustainable agrihood in America. They’re based in Detroit, and they give free produce to 2,000 nearby residents. They’re also turning a nearby abandoned building into a community resource center that will soon be home to a cafe, non-profit incubator, and workshop space.



“More and more companies are realizing that if they embed purpose into the mission they can really help the communities that they’re in,” Jonathan Reese, Director of Business Development at Sustainable Brands.

Agrihoods aren’t a one size fits all type of deal but that’s what’s cool about them. They ask the community what they need and build accordingly.

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They2ze, Newly Launched All-Inclusive App for Transgender Spectrum Youth

We're thrilled to say, there's an app for that.

A group of dogged Bay Area-based innovators just launched an app called They2ze, created by LGBTQ folks at YTH (an organization bridging youth health and technology).

Funded by the National Library of Medicine, They2ze connects folks in the Bay Area with access to vetted health and HIV resources and best practices. Their core belief is that everyone deserves access to information, especially when it concerns their health.

The AIDS/HIV epidemic is still highly prevalent and they hope that with ready access to this info they can help mitigate and treat it, including info on where to get tests or PrEP medication. With a GPS component that can be activated, users can easily link up to places nearby.



This app is built primarily for trans youth, but also helpful for healthcare professionals wanting to get clued in on LGBTQ-friendly health programs, and even just allies who would love to learn more.

“Some of the problems many young people face, particularly young folks who identify as genderqueer, is finding a service that explicitly supports and serves them,” says Jay Lykens, Program Coordinator at YTH.

“Some services are framed or geared only towards those who identify as transgender women or transgender men. We want to make sure those are included, but also expand service access to everyone within the transgender-spectrum.”

For now, They2ze serves only the Bay Area. Soon, they hope to spread state and, eventually, nationwide.


Feature photo: YTH Instagram

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