City Commons formed as a cooperative in 2012 and has since grown to 7 participating farms serving over 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.
Meet our Farmers
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.
427 W Greendale | TUESDAYS 5-7 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.
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.
Ollie Dodt (they/them) has worked on a number of different farms and gardens in Detroit since 2011. After falling in love with growing cut flowers at Fresh Cut flower farm, they started Villekulla Flora in 2018 which focuses on cultivating flowers and herbs and using them to explore the many ways we can be in relationship with our local flora.
ADDITIONAL PICKUP LOCATIONS
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.