Mike Score wants to help re-grow his home town.
A Detroit native who graduated from Michigan State University in 1980 with a Bachelor of Science degree in crop and soil sciences, Mike spent more than four years involved in international agricultural development in the Republic of Zaire (Congo). Returning to the U.S., he worked for nine years as an Agricultural Educator with the University of Kentucky, during which time he received his Master of Arts in rural sociology and served as coordinator of a Kellogg-funded state-wide study of sustainable agriculture.
Returning to Michigan State University Extension as an Agricultural Educator serving as an Innovation Counselor with the MSU Product Center, Mike assisted more than 200 entrepreneurs in efforts to achieve their dreams and build sustainable communities through food system business development.
Now, as president of Hantz Farms, LLC, he is working with CEO John Hantz and the Hantz team to create the world’s largest urban farm on underutilized land in the city of Detroit. The goal for the for-profit venture is to make Detroit neighborhoods more livable, and to recover costs over time through agricultural and natural resource management. Blight will be replaced with beauty, and the farm will become a platform for broader economic development.