Urban gardens play a substantial role in the City of Detroit. Some are used to produce quality, nutritious produce for families, while others are used to promote city beautification efforts by revitalizing vacant lots.
The Midtown Loop, a 1.8 walkable, greenery-filled loop that will connect Wayne State University, the Detroit Medical Center, and the area’s cultural institutions. The loop will run from Kirby to John R. to Canfield to Cass, with Warren Ave. serving as a central connector. Phase I of the loop was completed in 2011, and the entire loop will serve as a connector to a larger greenway loop that will link to Eastern Market and the Detroit River.
Midtown Detroit, Inc. Urban Gardens
North Cass Community Garden
The North Cass Community Garden was created in spring of 2009. It is located at the southwest corner of Second Ave. and Willis. The garden is 0.37 acres and contains 75 raised garden plots and 6 ADA-accessible plots. There are also 10 commercial plots which can be rented on yearly terms by residents and businesses. This garden was sponsored by the Kresge Foundation, First American Title Insurance Company, MGM Grand Detroit Casino, Landscape, and JJR.
Art Center Community Garden
Created in Spring 2010, the Art Center Community Garden is 0.67 acres. It is located at the southeast corner of John R. and Palmer. The garden contains 4’ x 8’ and 8’ x 12’ plots available for rental for a small fee and a commitment of four hours of service to the garden per year.
4th Street Farm
The 4th Street Farm, located at Fourth Street and Alexanderine was designed to provide a means to enrich the neighborhood and provide free gardening opportunites to the community. It includes tomoatoes, herbs, and potoatoes. They will also plant pumpkins for the Fall season. The garden offers space for local artists to share their work. For more information, contact Patience Young at 313.208.3154.
North End Farmer’s Market
The North End Farmer’s Market is located at Oakland and Kenilworth. The garden provides low-income community residents access to quality, nutritional foods at affordable prices. Cash and EBT are accepted. The market operates every Saturday from 11:00 am until 4:00 pm. The North End Farmer’s Market is a partnership of the following organizations: North End Christian CDC, Eastern Market, community residents, and Greening of Detroit.