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.
Since 2010, Buffalo Street Farm has been producing high quality, organically grown produce in Detroit. What started on one vacant lot now spreads across two acres.
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.
In addition to the variety of crops grown on the farm, we also keep laying hens and honeybees.
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
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 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
Trumbull Ave/Bagley St TUESDAYS 4-7 PM
This locally-focused grocery store and café began serving Corktown in 2016 and it has quickly become a fixture of the community. We are proud to partner with them in their mission of providing robust local food options to Detroit. They are offering a special complimentary package for CSA members: fresh-baked Zingerman’s bread plus local eggs and milk for an extra $15 per week. This add-on can be purchased directly from the Farmer’s Hand counter at your first pick-up. This location is very conveniently located near I-75, the Lodge, and Michigan Avenue.
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.
23309 Ford Road, Dearborn | SATURDAYS 10-6
Pure Pastures provides a healthy alternative to the big chain supermarkets. Their customers are informed and engaged when it comes to their food choices. They offer grass-fed meat and eggs, Non-GMO, organic, and gluten free products that you can feel good about eating. It is their mission to educate their customers about their food choices and to provide the highest quality products.