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Detroit Garden Resource Program Collaborative

04.15.08 | technician | In urban farming, urban garden

To many people the urban farming and agriculture movement in Detroit is invisible. Sometimes it’s a case of not being able to see the forest for the trees or in this case the gardens for the plants. But the Garden Resource Program Collaborative website does a pretty good job of being a center of urban agriculture in Detroit and what a great way to learn where to find more information about the large gardening movement in Detroit. As they say:

The Garden Resource Program is an effort to provide hundreds of home, school and community gardens access to resources and information in order to empower Detroit residents to grow, harvest, prepare, and preserve food for their families in their backyards and neighborhoods. Participants in the program receive basic resources for their garden, including seeds and Detroit grown transplants. Participants also become part of a growing network of community, school and family gardeners and garden advocates working to promote and encourage urban agriculture and community gardening across the city. Through participation in this larger network, gardeners gain access to additional resources, technical assistance, and educational opportunities.
There are over 220 family gardens, 115 community gardens and 20 schools in the Garden Resource Program.

Participants of the Garden Resource Program are invited and encouraged to participate in one of 6 Garden cluster groups, which are based on geographic region within the city of Detroit. The purpose of the cluster groups is to connect gardeners and urban farmers living and working in the same area of the city in order to provide a support network and access to additional resources.
These Detroit urban agriculture and community garden programs are a collaborative effort brought to you by the Detroit Agriculture Network, The Greening of Detroit, Capuchin Soup Kitchen’s Earthworks Garden and Michigan State University Extension.


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