2020 GARDEN RESOURCE PROGRAM APPLICATIONS NOW AVAILABLE! If you’re planning to tend a garden or farm in Detroit, Hamtramck, or Highland Park this year consider joining Keep Growing Detroit’s Garden Resource Program. Members not only get technical support from our experienced staff, they receive seeds, Detroit-grown transplants, and other essential gardening resources. For more information, CLICK HERE.

LET’S STAY CONNECTED VIRTUALLY! KGD has a bunch of live WEBINARS planned this spring to help growers learn new skills and stay connected while the “Stay Home, Stay Safe” executive order is in effect. We’re also sharing gardening tips on FACEBOOK and INSTAGRAM. New videos are posted every Wednesday at 3pm EST.

KGD’s GARDENING GUIDES are another great way to learn something new including how to build raised beds and compost bins while you’re at home during the COVID-19 crisis. You’re also always welcome to CONTACT US. We’re happy to help answer questions via email, phone, or zoom.

As we’ve heard from so many of you, right now gardening feels like one of the most valuable things we can do. Helping Detroiters feel more food secure in these uncertain times, giving us something tangible to do to help out neighbors and extended community, serving as an outdoor classroom for children, and providing an outlet to reduce stress and anxiety. Our focus at KGD this spring is working as hard as we can to support as many residents as possible to take advantage of these great benefits, but one of the frequent questions we’ve gotten is how to do this safely in a community garden or farm setting.

Here are a few best practices for growing together during the COVID-19 crisis from community garden organizations around the country:

NYC GREEN THUMB GARDENS. You might also find their WORKING TOGETHER REMOTELY guide helpful if you need support selecting a web-based platform to help gardeners communicate with one another.

NORTH CAROLINA STATE EXTENSION.  You might also find their tutorial for building an inexpensive HANDWASHING STATION helpful.

Vermont Community Garden Network’s COVID-19 GUIDELINES FOR SAFE COMMUNITY GARDENING can easily be printed and posted at community garden sites.

HAVE A QUESTION? Do you need support with your garden project? CONTACT US anytime with questions.