Garden Resource Program



Urban gardens and farms play an important role in the City of Detroit. They provide hundreds of thousands of pounds of fresh, nutritious fruits and vegetables for families and strengthen our communities by connecting neighbors, providing an attractive alternative to trash-strewn vacant lots, improving property values, and reducing crime. For a decade, the Garden Resource Program (GRP) has supported family, community, school, and market gardens in Detroit, Highland Park, and Hamtramck. Participants in the Garden Resource Program receive resources for their vegetable gardens, including seeds and Detroit grown transplants and become part of a growing network of gardeners and advocates working to promote urban agriculture within a thriving local food system.

2014 Garden Resource Program applications are available in English and Spanish. Take a look at the seed and plant varieties that will be available this year and start planning a bountiful garden today!


At this year’s workdays, we will highlight the assortment of fall activities that growers are tackling at four workdays across the city. Garden Resource Program members are encouraged to check out the list below and pick a topic they are interested in, a garden nearby, or simply come out to support the remarkable network of gardeners that grows year after year by nature of people like you who show up and believe in this community! We’ll also distribute garlic seed to GRP members at these events (as if you would need further incentive)!

Perennial Gardening. Thursday, October 9th 5-7PM at Green Goddess, 281 Ashland, South of Jefferson. Perennial flower gardens provide color, pollinators and definition in a garden. Come learn to divide and plant perennials and help with fall maintenance. We’ll also have a distribution of donated perennials. Our host gardeners will also share a recipe and plants for a compost tea made from nettles and comfrey.

New Children’s Garden. Tuesday, October 14th 5-7PM at A & W Daycare, 6565 Greenfield South of Warren. There is nothing as inspiring for a new garden as having 30 strangers from the GRP show up to help you get going. Come help these daycare owners with fall bed prep and garlic planting so they can get a jump start to grow nutritious food for the youth who they prepare meals for daily at their kitchen. We’ll also taste delicious Baba Ganoush made from eggplant!

Growing for Market. Thursday, October 16th 5-7PM at Arden Park/E. Boston, 199 E. Boston, at John R. What you can do in the fall will make you more money in the spring! At this workday, we’ll assist blossoming market gardeners with putting their garden to bed this fall and planting garlic so they are ready to hit the market as soon as possible next year. During the garlic demo, we’ll talk about advanced tips to grower better garlic for market.

Cultivating Community. Saturday, October 11th 10AM-12PM at Downriver Community Garden, 3536 Liddesdale, near Fort & Schaefer. Pack up your community building spirit and head to Southwest to pitch in for this workday. We’ll be helping with putting garden to bed, planting garlic and adding a perennial flower bed for curb appeal. Fall workdays are great for introducing new folks to the GRP, so let’s show up and help this far SW community grow their impact in the neighborhood!