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Brightmoor Garden Project - MSU Potato Program

Brightmoor Garden Project 

Growing a Community: Urban Gardening and Farming in Detroit, MI

 

OVERVIEW:



- The MSU Potato Breeding and Genetics Program has collaborated on this project since its inception in 2007.

- The Brightmoor Garden Project is based on the hypothesis that having a tie with the earth creates a responsibility with individuals.

- A  project goal is to develop urban gardening and farming in the Brightmoor area of Detroit.

- The project concept is based on using the potato as a foundation in the urban gardening concept.


GOALS:



- Connect the community to MSU education programs for urban gardening and farming.

- Continue to integrate our project with the Detroit Agricultural Network.

- Distribute food in the community for consumption and sale.

- Foster ownership of gardens in the community.


GARDEN SITES:



- Eliza Howell Park (adjacent to Murphy Middle School).

- Trinity St and Pilgrim St.

- O’Shea Recreation Center.

- Lahser St and Pilgrim St.


A COOPERATIVE PROJECT WITH:



- Northwest Detroit Neighborhood Development
http://ndndhomes.org

- Michigan State University Extension
http://msue.msu.edu

- Project GREEEN
http://greeen.msu.edu

- MSU Potato Breeding & Genetics Program
http://msu.edu/~douchesd

- State House Rep. Gabe Leland
http://house.mi.gov/gleland

- The Greening of Detroit
http://greeningofdetroit.com


FURTHER INFORMATION:


- Progress report of activities from 2007 (PDF).

- Slideshow chronicaling an overview of the project from 2007 (large PDF ~15 MB).