City Commons formed as a cooperative in 2012 and has since grown to 7 participating farms serving 60-100 households in Detroit and surrounding communities. We grow in East, West and Central Detroit and come from backgrounds as native Detroiters, rural Michiganders, and immigrants. Our farms range in size, style and what we grow, but all are committed to safe and sustainable practices to build a healthy local food economy and a food sovereign Detroit. We do not use any synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides or GMO crops, and all our land is soil tested to ensure no contamination.
Clairmount Ave/John C Lodge
Alice Bagley spent four years running a farm in Eastern Washington before moving to Detroit. She now runs Fields of Plenty on several lots straddling Clairmount Avenue and transports her produce and plants around the city by bike.
Buffalo St/Desner Ave
Chris McGrane is a founding member of City Commons.
Perennial crops currently in production include asparagus, blackberries, raspberries, strawberries, and grapes. In the spring of 2016, we planted 100 fruit trees, including apples, pears, plums, sweet cherries, and peaches. We expect these trees to begin bearing fruit in summer of 2020.
Each year we also grow a small variety of annual crops in our production fields and in our hoop house. In 2017, we will have garlic, slicing tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, basil, parsley, dill, sage, and horseradish available.
Singing Tree Garden
Parkhurst Pl/John R | TUESDAYS 4-7 PM
Emily Brent started Singing Tree Garden on longtime farm lots at City Commons’ beginning. She continues to grow in her neighborhood with a focus on flowers and herbs, while operating Singing Tree tree service with her husband Kevin & family.
Lawrence Ave/Woodrow Wilson | SATURDAYS 10 AM-2 PM
Noah Link has run Food Field since 2011 on a 4-acre block north of Boston-Edison and joined City Commons in 2014. The farm grows all kinds of produce as well as other endeavors including perennial fruit, hoop house aquaponics, honeybees, chickens, turkeys, hogs and emus.
Iroquois Avenue Farm
Iroquois Ave/Harper | FRIDAYS 5-7 PM
Elizabeth Phillips helped found City Commons and grew previously at Vinewood Knoll before settling at Iroquois Ave. She grows monster heirloom tomatoes and lettuces and bikes across the city like a champion.
Donnie & Roxanne Jones grew up in Detroit and farm together on the east side. Donnie advanced quickly from helping at Food Field to founding his own farm at Robinwood Park in 2012. Roxanne brings experience from years at Earthworks Urban Farm.
Luis Peña grows tons of produce in Southwest Detroit, singlehandedly managing three sites with hoop houses, chickens, greens and herbs galore, selling at market and raising several kids herself. Bravo!
ADDITIONAL PICKUP LOCATIONS
Vernor Hwy/21st St | TUESDAYS 4-7 PM
Detroit’s go-to supplier for seeds & soil, landscaping supplies, quality tools, garden advice, animal feed and more. We are happy to partner with them this year to have a more accessible pickup option in Southwest Detroit!
Oakland Ave/Kenilworth St | SATURDAYS 11-3:30
Jerry Hebron of Oakland Avenue Urban Farm has been a driving force in Detroit’s local food & farming movement for years. The garden is always in top shape and has expanded with hoop houses, community space, a blueberry patch and Saturday market.