Small Business Corner: Recovery Park

Kali Klein

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Supplying high quality greens and root vegetables to restaurants through urban farming

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As one of Michigan’s leading industries, agriculture plays a key role in the state’s economy. Home to nearly 10 million acres of farmland, it’s hard to go anywhere in the state without seeing vast fields of produce. However, these locally-grown products can be harder to come by in urban areas. One Michigan company is trying to change that through urban farming.

Established in 2013, Recovery Park set up high tunnels and flower boxes to grow fresh local produce for the city of Detroit. Wanting to make a difference, Gary Wozniak started Recovery Park to create jobs for people with barriers to employment, i.e. people coming out of prison, mental health issues, or substance abuse. He also wanted to help broaden Detroit’s economic portfolio through food growing, processing, and distribution.

Wozniak encourages entrepreneurs to start a business in Michigan, citing the state’s “lower cost of living, proactive government, and access to financial and technical resources.” By supplying high quality greens and root vegetables to restaurants around the city, the company should only continue to grow.

Watch to learn more about why Recovery Park is this week's featured small business.

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