GARDEN RESOURCE PROGRAM INFORMATION here
GARDENING TIPS AND DESIGN SUPPORT here
At Keep Growing Detroit we host many grower gatherings throughout the year designed to introduce growers to one another and help build skills and increase access to resources for gardens or farms.
ACCESS TO LAND AND URBAN AGRICULTURE POLICY
Keep Growing Detroit is committed to engaging the City of Detroit to find ways to help residents establish and maintain successful urban agriculture projects. In addition to meeting regularly with city leadership, our staff serves on both the Detroit Urban Agriculture Workgroup and Detroit Food Policy Council. One of the most important and challenging elements for gardeners to navigate is identifying and securing access to the land they plan to grow on. Because we know that this will mean something different for each of the unique garden projects in the city, KGD hosts workshops, shares educational materials, and provides one-on-one technical assistance to Garden Resource Program members related to the process of becoming land secure.
NAVIGATING LAND ACCESS FOR GARDENS
Land security is a major topic of concern for many gardeners. Over 50% of community and market gardens in the GRP are growing on land they do not own. For many gardeners this restricts and limits opportunities for maximizing the community and economic development potential of their garden. Having some level of legal permission to use the land you’re gardening on allows you to leverage (and protect) resources, build lasting community change, and establish businesses.
For many projects, a written agreement between the property owner and the garden organizers or a Garden Permit from the City of Detroit is adequate protection. For growers embarking on projects with goals of long-term impact and investment, land security through long-term leases or ownership is vital. Without land security, growers are at risk for losing their investments and may also find themselves ineligible for grants, loans,
and other opportunities.
- City of Detroit Urban Agriculture Ordinance
- City of Detroit Garden Permit (the City doesn’t currently offer Garden Permits)
- Detroit Land Bank Authority
- Why Don’t We Own This?
- Wayne County Tax Foreclosure Auction
- Detroit Good Food Enterprise Legal Handbook
- KGD Guide to Securing Your Land
- KGD Guide to the Change of Use Process (new)
- KGD Guide on Property Assessment (update coming soon)
- KGD Guide on Urban Agriculture Zoning (update coming soon)
HOW CAN KEEP GROWING DETROIT HELP?
Many gardeners have experienced the headache of trying to determine ownership, tracking down absentee owners and attempting to navigate the city’s various applications. KGD’s staff provides support for residents to understand and navigate the process of identifying and secu
ring access to land. We also assist gardeners with determining their capacity and assessing risk related to land.
If you are a resident trying to navigate the ownership maze in Detroit and/or are trying to lease or purchase the parcels where you currently garden, Keep Growing Detroit is here to help. Come see us during office hours, Tuesdays from 4-6pm and Fridays from 10am-Noon, or contact us to set up an appointment. We’ll be happy to assist you in determining ownership, finding and filling out the right paperwork, and any other support you may need.