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Patrick Crouch
Urban Farmer, Capuchin Soup Kitchen

I am a farmer here in Detroit. I work with a soup kitchen to grow food for their use and to train new farmers and youth about growing their own food.

In 2003, there was an opportunity to work here, so that’s what I did. I came here and I didn’t really think that I was going to stay here long. I thought that I was just going to come and learn. A lot of people think of Detroit as a nasty, dirty city that’s unwelcoming. I don’t want to give the impression that it’s not without problems—but the people in Detroit are really warm and friendly and creative, and I just appreciated the ingenuity and the fact that folks weren’t waiting for the government to come up with solutions.

I’m really interested in how can communities come up with solutions, how can we have more community control over access to resources; urban agriculture is just one example of that. You see all kinds of interesting community art projects and, you know, folks looking at how they can reduce their power consumption locally, and all those things are really fascinating to me. So, you know, Detroit is a hard place to be, but it’s also a very exciting place to be.

From June 8, 2012, interview