Skip to Main Content
Michigan State University
Home / Detroit Urban Farm Beautification

Detroit Urban Farm Beautification

Hosted by Detroit Spartans.

  • Alumni Club/Affinity Group
  • In-Person
  • Painting/General Maintenance
1 of 20 volunteers have pledged their time

Project Description

Join the Detroit Spartans and the Michigan State University Extension Detroit Partnership for Food, Learning and Innovation (DPFLI) in supporting local urban growers in the city of Detroit caring for their trees and beautifying their growing spaces. Volunteers will be assisting urban farmers in the city to help tackle larger projects. Activities may include picking up trash/clearing debris, mulching trees and pathways, pruning, harvesting, etc. Many of the workdays will also include a brief educational aspect about fruit trees such as mixing holistic nontoxic sprays, pruning and fertilizing.

Be in the community with season and aspiring growers to lend a hand and learn!


Community Partner - MSU DPFLI

MSU DPFLI Accommodations


The Detroit Partnership for Food, Learning and Innovation (DPFLI) serves as Michigan State University's first urban agriculture center, dedicated to research and programming to improve the quality of life for Detroit residents and farmers.

The DPFLI was founded in 2017 and is MSU's first urban agriculture center. Housed within MSU Extension, the DPFLI is dedicated to research and programing that improves the quality of life for Detroit residents and farmers. The facility also serves as a community space for recreation, respite and connecting with nature.

The site, located in northwest Detroit, is just under 3.5 acres on the former grounds of Thomas C. Houghten Elementary School. T.C. Houghten is the grandfather and great grandfather of MSU alumni, and members of his family have made financial contributions and been involved in the site's development. MSU selected the location in partnership with the City of Detroit and community members based on accessibility and presence of urban agriculture in the surrounding area.

Follow them on instagram @msu_detroit_ag


Project Date

July 13, 2024

Project Locations and Shifts

Love N Labor Botanicals
4413 Ashland St
Detroit, MI 48215
  • 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
    (19 spots available)