Nolan’s Fierce Gardeners Going to Market – GROWN IN DETROIT

One of the great benefits from being in the Garden Resource Program is that they provide a wide variety of events, programs and seminars relevant to the urban/community/family garden experience.

They have…

  • Education Series
  • Training Programs
  • Cooking Classes
  • Farm Tours

Many, many programs and projects that help extend the deep and satisfying pleasures that comes from the “I did it myself/We did ourselves” sense of accomplishment.  Ahhhhhhh!

This summer, Grown In Detroit is the program that has really caught my attention.  Grown In Detroit provides an opportunity for members of Detroit’s gardening community to sell their fruits, vegetables and flowers in an actual retail environment.  Families and youths from over 80 garden communities/urban farms (and growing) throughout Detroit, Hamtramck and Highland Park participate in the program and are providing healthy food to inner city communities.

To be in Grown In Detroit you must use sustainable farming practices. The goal is to “produce food in healthy soil without harmful chemicals, pesticides, fertilizers or genetically modified products.”  Our locally grown food is “miles” fresher and tastes so much better than food shipped from exceedingly long distances.  The big chains can’t ensure that all of the produce you buy has been grown locally and not only that…all of the money doesn’t stay here locally.  As their website says Grown In Detroit produce keeps dollars in Detroit and helps support families in Detroit, Hamtramck and Highland Park.”  Sounds like a good plan to me!

So at the end of one of our regularly schedule workday at the garden the coordinator, Bonnie Odom-Brown, gathered the kids together to discuss who among them would be going to market, as they like to call it.  I was taken back, though by now I shouldn’t be, by the enthusiasm that the kids displayed for this expedition.  I couldn’t help but think about how much of a drudge it was to go grocery shopping when I was a kid and these kids were looking forward…no, that’s the wrong word, they were down right ANXIOUS to go!  Before any decisions were made each child primped and groomed…tidied themselves up a bit, believing that was going to help their chances of getting picked.  Since you have to be of a certain age to go, the number of participants dwindled quickly.  Reluctant, as if she would be thinning little plants, Bonnie had to tell the youngest ones they could not go.  You should have seen the face on one little girl as she walked away somewhat disappointed, yet defiant and promising she will be back to make the trip(s) next year.

With all the drama and pressure of an American Idol finale, three kids were picked.  We weren’t able to leave until the schedule for the entire summer was worked out and each kid knew when he or she was scheduled to go.  Those that were picked for the excursion were actually pumped and proud that they were the first to go.  Preening and grinning, the elation shown via their faces was pretty neat!


To market, to market, to buy a fat pig,

Home again, home again, jiggity-jig

To market, to market, to buy a fat hog

Home again, home again, jiggity-jog

Oh what a life!  I am now appreciating some things at a brand new level by living through the eyes and faces of these very interesting kids.  Kids with very distinctive personalities and yet they share the same common reactions to being acknowledged with being asked or selected to handle additional responsibilities…pride…excitement…. happiness!  Well Alright Now!



Days/Hours and Locations for Grown In Detroit


Saturdays 6AM – 3:30PM

May 7th to November 19th

Russell St. & Adelaide St.

Just North of I-75

Look for “Grown In Detroit” in SHED 2


Wednesdays 11AM – 4PM

June 1st to October 26th

5201 Cass Ave.
Across from the Detroit Public Library

Look for “Grown In Detroit” Banner


Thursday Evenings from 4PM – 8PM

May 26th to October 13th

Bushnell Church

On the Southfield Freeway Service Drive

South of Grand River Ave.

Look for “Grown In Detroit” Banner

You may also find them on occasion at these locations…

For more information contact Carmen Regalado at The Greening of Detroit, (313) 285-1250 x246


More information about “Grown In Detroit”, The Greening of Detroit, and Detroit Agriculture can be found at or


Come on down and support the entrepreneurs of the future, many of them kids that are working in their school or community gardens.  Mmmm, let’s see now…To market, to market to buy a head of cabbage!


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    Zena Welk said,

    Excellent plan on going down there hopefully very soon.

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