Detroit — Officials of Wolverine Human Services, a children center on the city’s east side, were watching the once-thriving Riverbend neighborhood slowly become deserted after Carson Elementary closed in 2014.

So they launched an agricultural effort, Core Orchard Detroit, to bring the area back to life.

“We knew we had to get to work. We thought we’re not going to be leaving Detroit worse than we found it,” said Matthew Wollack, vice president of strategy and co-founder of Core Orchard Detroit. “We were going to be the people that planted our roots deeper and saw something grow.”

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