Compost Campaign

In Detroit, the Ecology of Efficiency and of the Car has led to substantial deindustrialization and swaths of desuburbanization.


Throughout the city there is a network of wasted places. Continuing to cleanse the soil is of great importance; making the fallow and foreclosed fields and plots available for use in urban agriculture should be the goal.

The agricultural act of composting must be promoted to a public education policy. Through schooling, children are also taught to garden, and given an allotted number of organic seeds to grow at home, or together in the vacant lots. At school as at the White House, parts of the playgrounds become garden grounds, and school lunches can become seasonal feasts built around this renewed agricultural sensibility.

This is the very sensibility that is instilled in the young entrepreneurs entering this heavy-industry landscape. People are pursuing the new Ecological Economy of Detroit, it is happening.

The Compost Campaign makes the citizen-consumer part of the ecological process. We, the consumers, become more aware of the cycle of life, and our place in the environment. The relationship to intake becomes critical. We come to understand better the economics of self.


Pieter Claesz
Pieter Claesz, 1627

Use the energy that you have.
Only try to make good energy.
Use it now to pay less later for
energy that will be better for you.

For the Urban Agriculture Symposium, Detroit, 2010