FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS, FACTS, AND FIGURES
2016 was a year and a growing season to remember. Not only did Keep Growing Detroit support 1,434 gardens and farms across the city, the growers we serve grew almost 350,000 pounds of fresh produce for Detroit families and communities and brought over $80,000 of Grown in Detroit produce to market. To learn more read Keep Growing Detroit’s latest Annual Report here.
Have you ever thought about what the economic impact of localizing Detroit’s Food System would be? How many more jobs would be created for Detroiters? How would it impact residents’ access to healthy food? How do we do it? Learn more here.
KEEP GROWING DETROIT’S URBAN GARDENING GUIDES
Keep Growing Detroit’s Urban Gardening Guides are a series of short and easy-to-follow instructional guides designed by our staff to share best practices honed over decades of experience in the field. In addition to how to’s and helpful tips each guide features original artwork from Detroit’s talented gardening and farming community. Enjoy!
- Testing Garden Soil (updated)
- Interpreting Your Soil Test
- Spring Garden Bed Preparation
- Creating Garden Pathways
- Building A Raised Bed
- Trellising & Staking
- Using Row Cover
- Property Assessment
- Urban Agriculture Zoning
- Fall Gardening Activities
- Growing Garlic
- Building Lasagna Beds
- Basics of Composting
- Building a Pallet Compost Bin
- Building a Rain Barrel
VACANT LAND TREATMENT GUIDES
Vacant land in cities can be a destabilizing force, attracting illegal dumping and crime as well as diminishing property values. Vacant land can also create unprecedented opportunities for residents to build social, environmental, and economic capital. In an effort to understand and harness the potential of vacant urban land, the enclosed Vacant Land Treatment Guides were developed through trial and error by Keep Growing Detroit Co-Director Ashley Atkinson in collaboration with many individuals and organizations in Flint and Detroit (Michigan) between 1999 and 2014. Each guide contains a treatment description, project steps, specifications for land tenure, location, soil and water requirements as well as recommendations for supplies and equipment, planning, implementation, and on-going care.