COMMUNITY CONNECTION


PURPOSE

Strong, authentic connections build trust and shared opportunity. In light of this common goal, immediate neighbors, local-communities, and residents across districts can all swirl together to exchange their stories. Our various networks congregate for events, meetings, and workshops in the garden; the connections will naturally form.

We want to learn and teach macro/local social concerns, strength of contemporary tribes, and the unspoken rules of the neighborhood.


PEOPLE


Leads
Neighborhood Cultivators
Graft Team

Special Thanks
Bridget, Charlie, and Bede of Resilient Spirals
Melissa and the whole team at UNI
Bourne Building Co.
DHDC

PROCESS

March 7

Sandwich break

Local homegrown eggs from our good friend (organic, free-range, you know…all that good stuff), organic kale from the greenhouse, and a solar-powered cooker…what can be better than community coming together for healthy & delicious food?

February 25

Upcycling Cutting Boards

This week’s class was focused on tapping in to our creativity to Upcycle. Huge thanks to our own Logan who prepared the materials and guided the students to finish their very own upcycled cutting boards.

February 9
12-week Workshops with Detroit Middle Schoolers

12-week Workshops with Detroit Middle Schoolers

We partnered up again with the amazing team at Urban Neighborhood Initiatives to continue our STEM+Environmentalism curriculum. This semester, from Feb through Apr, we have the pleasure to work with the middle schoolers. While we would have preferred in-person workshops, we are committed to providing a quality experience virtually for the students! Let us or […]

November 21
Playing ADAPT on the Garden Table

Playing ADAPT on the Garden Table

Shout out to Bridget of Resilient Spirals, who developed a one-of-a-kind card game called Adapt that guides players through an interactive process of designing the world of their dreams. We had laughed and had a great time while uncovering priorities and new ideas for our garden project.

November 19
Local business helps move some raised beds

Local business helps move some raised beds

Our new friend Marco from GreatLakesDecoConcrete.com spontaneously offered up tremendous community service. Word got around that we needed help moving around some heavy raised beds for the new garden layout. Thanks for your generosity and expertise Marco! Saved us time and our backs…

November 13

Building Winter Compost Bins

Huge thanks to Jesse from Starr Valley Farms for leading the build and workshop! The goal is for the neighborhood to continue feeding this custom vermicomposting bin (worm composting) all winter long, so black gold will be ready by spring.

October 28

Created a Garden Table Portal

As in-person classes are in flux, this custom garden table provides a simple way for youth to come into nature and back to learning. This was created from some salvaged material and with help of local artistry; it was a wonderful way for the community come together.

October 21

Hauling Some Donated Mulch

Thanks for Courage Church for the generous mulch donation and the neighborhood muscle. You can never have too much mulch!

September 12
Planting more Perennials

Planting more Perennials

Fiddlehead Ferns, Perennial Arugula and Celery, Serviceberry trees. Thanks to Mike for contributing your time, energy, and positivity on this awesome Saturday! We are a big step closer to the Permaculture Forest Farm…

September 5

Volunteer Saturday

We spent today tidying up the lot, weeding, mulching, and painting the garden table. Fatimah, Tracy, Samreen, and friends were a huge help and brought so much energy to the project.