The Detroit chapter of the Sierra Club has been working with residents in northwest Detroit to build and maintain rain gardens since 2012.
Photo © Detroit Chapter of the Sierra Club
Local entrepreneur creates jobs by connecting waste streams to products (#DetroitDirt) to improve soil.
Photo © Bryan Doben Studios
This neighborhood-based organization connects residents and business owners to the resources to fight blight.
Photo © Detroit Future City
The Oakland Avenue Artist Coalition is reclaiming the North End through the arts, and using open space as a creative advantage.
Photo © Oakland Avenue Artists Coalition
Fifteen blocks of the Neighbors Building Brightmoor target showcase numerous ways land that stewardship can support community—especially youth.
This Detroit-based group is using a cooperative model on vacant lots to grow grapes as part of a long-term wine making operation.
Photo © Alt Space Detroit
This Detroit-based bee collective keeps five active bee hives.
Photo CC BY-NC 2.0, University of Nottingham
With a mission to grow good food, nurture community and provide space to celebrate, this Detroit-based farm fundraised through Kickstarter.
Photo © Fisheye Farms
By working through partnerships, the Detroit Dog Park has transformed vacant land to give dogs and their owners a safe place to socialize.
Photo © Detroit Dog Park
This indoor farm in the North End utilizes Red Wiggler earthworms, matchmaking between the needs of the fish and the wants of the crops.
Photo © Central Detroit Christian
Learn about free, beginner-level landscaping classes for Detroiters interested in working with lots.
Photo © Hamilton Anderson Associates
Bikers and resident unite to clean up lots and shape riding trails, creating a unique neighborhood amenity.
Backyard hobby to side lot industry: growing mushrooms in Michigan offers one route to local economic development.
Photo CC BY-NC-SA 2.0, Kathie Hodge
At one acre, this Oakland County lavender farm demonstrates a large-scale version of lavender planting and production in southeast Michigan.
Photo CC BY-NC 2.0, pverdonk
The Edible Hut and Memory Field in Calimera Park show how the productive reuse of underutilized park space can strengthen community.
Photo © Kate Daughdrill & Mira Burack
The #GRP provides resources and education to facilitate relationships between growers and promote a food sovereign Detroit.
Photo © Keep Growing Detroit
The Neighborhood Exchange is an online platform to share ideas and resources for strengthening neighborhoods in Detroit.
Screenshot of neighborhood-exchange.com
This initiative by the Genesee County Land Bank to reduce open space maintenance costs has planted Dutch White Clover on 1800 lots in Flint.
Photo CC BY-NC-SA 2.0, Benjamin S Tone
Hantz Woodlands uses mass tree planting to improve quality of life and the economic growth of surrounding communities.
The Green T will transform a vacant commercial corridor in Detroit by growing, harvesting, and processing a plant—Pennycress—into biofuel.
Photo © LAND Inc, Jackie Bejma
How to make forests without planting trees—just add time.
Photo © Lambert, Rotherstien, & Associates
This community-involved Greening of Detroit project installed a mix of four planting strategies on ten vacant lots in the Cody Rouge neighborhood.
Photo © The Greening of Detroit
Lots of Love serves neighborhoods across Detroit from a sweet (former) ice cream truck: a fully outfitted mobile tool library.
Photo © Lots of Love