City Commons on Detroit Urban Farm Tour!

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Don’t miss a chance to tour some of Detroit’s many urban farms! City Common’s own Buffalo Street Farm will be the first  stop on the North route of the tour.

Come see our farm and meet the farmers (and plants) that have been growing your food! The tour has only gained popularity over the years and offers a look at many agriculture projects in the city. Early registration is almost a must if you want to ensure a seat on this tour! The fee for the tour, payable in advance or at the door, is a sliding scale of $5-$75 to offset costs and help grow Detroit’s agriculture movement. Remember, if you want to stop at Buffalo Street Farm, sign up for Bus Route 1  North at registration.

All tours will leave from Eastern Market Shed 3, located east of Russell Street between Adelaide and Division Streets in Detroit. Check-in begins at 5:00pm and tours will leave at 6:00pm sharp. After the tour, a reception featuring locally-grown food and refreshments prepared by local chefs will provide you with a taste of Detroit’s delicious food system. Again, early registration is strongly recommended. To register online, click HERE  or to register by phone please call 313-757-2635. Again,

 

We hope you join the tour and stop by  Buffalo Street Farm next Wednesday evening!

 

If you are curious about what other farms and routes will be on the tour, here’s how the folks at Keep Growing Detroit describe it:

1. Bus route 1 North: This tour, featuring a lot of new gardens, is sure to impress with the diversity of gardens and farms. Heading up I-75, we’ll sweep through Hamtramck to see Hamtown Farm and then head up to the northeast for stops at Farwell Field, Buffalo Street Farm and the IMPACT senior garden at St. John Conner Creek Village. 

2. Bus route 2 Westside: We’ll meander through the bountiful Brightmoor neighborhood, including a stop to hear from the youth at Lamphere Community Garden. En route, we’ll visit City Temple Community Garden and Orchard Street Garden, bursts of fresh food and flowers along Grand River! 

3. Bus route 3 Eastside We’ll take it to the lower Eastside on this tour to visit Feedom Freedom, Vedic Village, Three Sisters and Faith Farm. These great gardens see the open space as true opportunities to transform vacant lots into thriving community spaces.

Also, there are bike tours!

Downtown Bike: Strap on your helmet as we head Downtown to visit an array of great gardens including Lafayette Greens, Plum Street Market Garden, Frederick Douglass School, Labrosse Farm and Fresh Cut Detroit flower farm. This tour will highlight some of the entrepreneurial efforts of small businesses in the city, including Detroit Grown and Made, where  Food Lab Detroit’s entrepreneurs are making limited run products with  Grown in Detroit produce. 

Northend Bike Tour: Get your water bottle ready for this loop to the North End. Although this is the longest route, it will be worth the pedaling as we see an abundance of gardens in the neighborhood, including Oakland Avenue Market Garden and Central Detroit Christian’s Community Garden and Farm and Fishery Project. We’ll also hear from Detroit Black Community Food Security Network about their plans for the new Food Co-op in the neighborhood. 

Eastside Bike Tour:Although this is the shortest route, there is no shortage of great gardens on this eastside route. With a little help from the Eastside Riders, we’ll stop at Earthwork Urban Farm, Genesis Hope’s Garden and Farmers’ Market and then pedal through the famed Farnsworth Neighborhood for a few garden visits there!

Reception: All tours will return to Eastern Market to enjoy a taste of locally grown fare. It’s a great chance to meet new people and support Detroit agriculture!
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