The Greening of Detroit's urban agriculture department is committed to helping all Detroiters develop a healthy relationship with food through self-sufficient food production, and increased awareness of gardening, nutrition and local food systems.
The Greening values environmental stewardship, community leadership and education. We just wrapped up a successful 2016 Summer Program.
At the Urban Agriculture Program we focus on
- Farm Apprentice Program
- Build A Garden Program
- Programming classes that includes learning to garden/grow food, healthy cooking, exercise and spiritual meditations
Media! Please see our policy regarding filming and interviews below
Detroit Market Garden
The Detroit Market Garden serves as a farm training, production and processing location. Seasonal produce is grown in the four hoop-house tunnels year-round. In 2015, approximately 15,046 pounds of produce was harvested and of that 7,315 pounds of produce was donated to community organizations. More importantly, The Greening's adult apprentices were trained in all aspects of small-production farming. They supported farm operations at all garden sites, and got a full education in the process!
This 2.5 acre small-scale production farm is located in Detroit's Eastern Market neighborhood at 1850 Erskine street. The entrance to the newly expanded Dequindre Cut sits on the edge of the farm garden, allowing bikers, walkers, and visitors to tour the garden and participate in a wide variety of community wellness events and activities. Click here for our 2016 Spring/Summer community class schedule.
Our farm is open to the public from May 1st through September 30th. Self guided tours can be done Wednesdays through Saturdays from 10am to 3pm. If you are interested in a guided tour or a school field trip, please contact email@example.com for more information. For Media Interviews please see our media policy below
The community is welcome at the Detroit Market Garden!
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Lafayette Greens is a downtown Detroit green space and urban garden that comes to The Greening courtesy of the Compuware Corporation. Here you can enjoy and relax in the space, check out all the cool stuff we're growing, get involved in educational opportunities and meet people like you (or not like you) through the simple joy of gardening. We grow hundreds of pounds of organic fruits, vegetables, herbs and flowers every year. Everything we harvest goes back to the community, either to volunteers who help us to maintain the space, to community food distributors like Gleaners Community Food Bank, or to shelters like Freedom House.
During the growing season, Lafayette Greens offers a variety of stimulating programs, tastings, educational workshops and farmers’ markets, to name a few. Our programming is done for the 2016 season, check us out next spring. Thank you to all who attended.
Lafayette Greens is open to the public From April 1 to October 31st, Monday through Friday, 9am- 5pm, and Saturdays 9 am - 3 pm. Visit us and do a self guided tour. Lafayette Greens garden is located in the heart of downtown Detroit, 132 W. Lafayette Boulevard.
Growing food as a part of community resilience, organizing cooperatives as resistance are just a few of the many ways that people are working together to change lives.
~ Dr. Monica White
The Greening of Detroit coordinated the restoration of this 26-acre park in southwest Detroit in 2004, working with community partner organizations and neighborhood residents. We developed a small community garden and orchard at the park.
The Greening's apprentice farmers and volunteers maintain the Romanowski farm garden. Community residents also take an active role in tending to the garden, planting and harvesting produce, and picking apples and pears from the orchard trees.
Most of the produce and fruit at the park is harvested and consumed by the community; the rest is harvested and delivered to market outlets.
MEDIA POLICY AT THE FARMS
Media and film makers please be advised we are a working farm! If you are interested in interviews or video opportunities at the farms we are happy to have you, please contact us first and adhere to the following times and days:
Mondays and Wednesdays 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
The Greening employs Detroit high school kids throughout the summer to water trees, work on conservation projects, clean up neighborhoods, and work on the farm learning how to plant, grow and harvest fresh fruits and vegetables.
The 2016 Green Corps program kicks off in mid-June. If you are interested in any of our training opportunities, check our website in early February 2017.
Adult Farm Apprentice Program
The Greening of Detroit's adult apprenticeship education program provides 750 hours of hands-on training in farming, agriculture education and building community relationships. Click HERE to watch video about the 2015 urban agriculture apprenticeship program.
The 2016 Program is now full and closed. If you are interested in being a farm apprentice, Spring 2017 is our next program opportunity
Build A Garden Community program
The Greening of Detroit's Build-A-Garden Program (BAG) offers an opportunity for individuals, groups, schools and institutions in Detroit, Highland Park and Hamtramck to grow their own food and develop sustainable gardens by providing resources, support and information.
The Greening of Detroit’s Build-A-Garden (BAG) Program helped more than 100 Detroit residents create sustainable gardens and grow their own food in 2015. Often the biggest obstacle to urban growers is actually getting the infrastructure of the garden started, and that’s where The Greening helps. For a nominal fee, BAG members receive raised beds or tilling services, compost and expertise from the Greening’s agriculture team.
Thank you to all who attended.
See you next Spring 2017 !
Move, Grow, Eat in schools
The Greening's nutrition instructors engaged youth, parents and seniors at several Detroit schools and public housing sites through the "Eating Good in the Neighborhood" program in 2015. Participants learned how to grow, harvest and cook over 30 different fruits and vegetable varieties, while getting a firm understanding of the health implications of a diet rich in fresh product.
This specially designed program consisted of two main components: in school nutrition lessons and place-based lessons at public housing sites. Each program ran for four weeks with lessons being taught twice a weekly.
If your school or senior program is interested in having The Greening out for in-school nutrition lessons or placed based lessons at public senior centers please contact Nikolette Barnes at firstname.lastname@example.org
Growing is fun! Book a field trip!
All Greening farm sites facilitate youth centered field trips throughout the growing season. Our field trips will showcase urban farming, inform the community about Detroit’s food system, and highlight our programming at the Detroit Market Garden, Lafayette Greens Garden Park and Romanowski Farm Park. We offer hands on fun filled programming for young people between the ages of 5 and 8 years old.
Field trips to the farm garden can be scheduled on Wednesdays and Fridays, May 15 through October 15, 2016. Please contact email@example.com to schedule.
Move, Grow, Eat at the Farm
The Greening hosts a variety of health and wellness classes to the community at Detroit Market Garden and The Lafayette Greens Garden during the summer months.
- Yoga on Mondays at Lafayette Greens
- QiGong on Wednesdays at Lafayette Greens
- Traditional African Dance on Wednesdays at Detroit Market Garden