U.S.  Detroit, MI

Urban Farming in Detroit

Nearly 40% of Detroit residents live below the poverty line and 21% of metro Detroiters are food insecure. Keep Growing Detroit (KGD) was established to promote a food sovereign city where a major portion of the fruits and vegetables Detroiters consume are grown by residents within the city’s limits. The aim is not only to provide residents with seeds to increase food security but to achieve “food sovereignty,” where residents are the leaders and beneficiaries of a transformed food system, able to make decisions about the health, wealth, and future of their families and community. In 2018–19 KGD aims to support more than 24,000 Detroiters in 1,600 urban gardens and farms across the city through its Garden Resource Program (GRP). With BGR support, KGD will utilize its engagement strategies and partnerships to connect 1,225 new low-income households to resources that help expand their access to healthy food, thus growing their long-term strategy for food production.These connections will result in 500 new families starting a garden with the GRP. Families that start gardens will experience both increased access to fruits and vegetables and a reduction of household food costs. They will also be introduced to opportunities to earn supplemental income by selling produce. Annually renewable project


Our Projects

BGR projects are designed to provide direct food aid to people afflicted by hunger and malnutrition, to promote ecologically sustainable agriculture, to support the education of girls and women, and to give women an opportunity to start right livelihood projects to support their families. This is a selection of nine of our current 29 projects. Please select "Current Projects" from the menu on the left to see them all.