The DTE Energy Farm is dedicated to providing fresh, local fruits and vegetables to our community's hungry people. Too often, these families and individuals do not have access to the healthy produce that is vital to basic nutrition. Through the combined efforts of Gleaners Community Food Bank, DTE Energy, and our dedicated volunteers, the DTE Energy Farm works to fill that gap. The farm is divided into four gardens throughout southeast Michigan.
The 2013 DTE Energy Farm project yielded 27,000 pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables for hungry neighbors. Not only did we meet our goal for overall production, we also had a record number of volunteers, significant soil improvement and a big increase in the number of raised beds.
Volunteers meet every week at the “open house” hours listed below. You do not need to register to volunteer, and no previous gardening experience is required. We encourage volunteers to stop by at any time during these Weekly Volunteer Days, and stay for any length of time. All ages are welcome. Volunteer days are cancelled in the event of rain, or temperatures above 90 degrees.
Please note: Final
Weekly Volunteer Days will be held the week of October 20th. Although that's the end of our "open house" volunteer opportunities, we can still use volunteers over the winter to do administrative tasks like updating this season's records, and planning for next year's season. Please contact us if you are interested in helping this winter!
|Garden Site||Volunteer Hours||Address|
|Farmington Hills||Tues, 8am-11am
||38600 West Ten Mile Rd.
Farmington Hills, MI 48335
|Plymouth Twp||Thurs, 4pm-7pm||50899 Powell Rd.
Plymouth Twp, MI 48170
|Washington Twp||Mon, 4pm-7pm
||12700 Thirty Mile Rd.
Washington Twp, MI 48095
|Westland||Mon, 4:30pm-6:30pm||38155 Cherry Hill Rd.
Westland, MI 48186
Directions to gardens:
The Victory Garden at Brighton NC Machine is the cornerstone garden within the Livingston Hunger Council's Community Garden Network. This network of roughly 10 gardens in Livingston County grows over 14,000 lbs of produce each year for their local food pantries, partner agencies, and community. The Victory Garden is the largest garden in the network with a little over 1 acre tilled up, and hosts groups and individual volunteers all summer long.
We need volunteers to Adopt-A-Row to tend to all season, have a plot to grow their own produce, or just come out to help at their convenience. If you'd like to find out more about the Livingston County Hunger Council or their Community Garden Network, contact Kay Simmons at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are happy to accommodate any group with an interest in volunteering outside the set "Open House" Volunteer Days. Contact us to set up a Group Work Day for your organization.
When a group adopts a garden, it makes the commitment to send weekly representatives to its special plot of land. In addition to knowing it is a cornerstone of the farm project, the organization gets the satisfaction of seeing their work progress from seeding to harvest, has the opportunity for team building, and fulfills its dedication to community service.
A garden’s Site Coordinator is its lead volunteer. These committed individuals assist program staff in leading work days and training new volunteers.
For more information, to set up a Group Work Day, or to make a donation, please contact Kate Long at (734) 545-2758 or email@example.com.
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Gleaners accepts in-kind donations of goods and services.
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