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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.


Volunteer Opportunities

Another successful year at the DTE Energy Farm has drawn to a close, and we’d like to thank all the wonderful volunteers who made it happen. A wide variety of individuals, community groups, schools, and corporations pulled together to grow fresh produce at our four garden sites. The result: over 21,000 pounds of local fruits and vegetables were provided to our hungry neighbors! 

Our goal for 2015 is even higher, and we’re already scheduling Group Work Days. The gardens will re-open in April, and continue through October. Please consider bringing out your school, work, or community group, and help us make next year another wonderful growing season! To learn more, please contact Kate Long at klong@gcfb.org.

New Detroit Garden!

We would also like to announce a very exciting addition to Gleaners’ gardening efforts – the opening of our very first garden in Detroit! It will be a children’s garden and demonstration garden, located right across the street from Gleaners’ headquarters. The growing begins this coming spring, so stay tuned!

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"Open House" Volunteer Days

Volunteers meet every week during “open house” hours. 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.

Updated garden locations and "open house" hours will be posted in 2015. 

Group Work Days

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. 

Livingston Victory Garden

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 ksimmons@gcfb.org

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Adopt-A-Garden  

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. 

Site Coordinators

A garden’s Site Coordinator is its lead volunteer. These committed individuals assist program staff in leading work days and training new volunteers.  

 

Contact Us

For more information, to set up a Group Work Day, or to make a donation, please contact Kate Long at (734) 545-2758 or  dteenergyfarmproject@gcfb.org.

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