After months of clean-up and blight clearance, Hantz Woodlands will soon begin sprouting. Volunteers will help plant 15,000 saplings this weekend, marking the beginnings of a project that aspires to become the world's largest urban farm. Founder John Hantz currently owns about 140 acres in a sparsely-populated section of Detroit's east side, the purchase of which caused significant controversy.
According to Crain's, the 15-acre planting will involve oak and maple saplings, though eventual plans call for the addition of birch and flowering dogwood trees. Hantz Farms predicts the trees will take 40-60 years to mature.
· On Detroit's east side, 15,000 holes to be filled with tree saplings [Crain's]
· Sale of 1,500 Properties To Hantz Woodlands Approved [Curbed]