Tantré Farm’s mission is to produce and distribute fresh, organic produce, while serving as an educational, sustainable, and social network for our surrounding community. We hope to achieve this mission through our CSA, Farmers’ Markets, Farm-to-School program, local stores, local restaurants, schools, and other community connections.
Our goals at Tantré Farm are to produce fresh, healthy foods for the local community, provide quality of life for the farmer, and sustain economic viability for the farm with care and respect for nature’s diversity.
Green Things Farm
Nate and Jill Lada started Green Things Farm in the spring of 2011. We met during our studies at the University of Michigan and together we decided that the best way to spend our days outside would be farming. We grow over 60 different kinds of vegetables organically and raise goats and pigs.
We are currently in a BIG expansion.. we bought 64 acres of conserved farmland just north of downtown! After completing two years in the incubator program at the Tilian Farm Development Center we have moved our farm to the corner of Warren and Nixon. We have lots of big ideas to fill all that land! Stop by and say hello!
We love farming. We started Sunseed Farm in the Fall of 2009 and started our CSA in May of 2010. We came by this land through our friends and CSA members, Chip and Kathleen Letts. Chip and Kathleen own the land and live in the great big barn up the road. We’re in the process of working with Chip, Kathleen and the Ann Arbor Greenbelt to place a conservation easement on the property which would preserve it as farmland forever. We see this as an important step in conserving farmland near our city, and it will be instrumental in enabling us to purchase the land.
Grown In Detroit
Since it’s inception in 2006, “GROWN IN DETROIT” has become a household name for those seeking to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables grown in the city. ‘Grown in Detroit’ produce is grown by families & youth in community gardens and urban farms throughout Detroit, Hamtramck, and Highland Park. The Grown in Detroit cooperative supports these growers by providing a space to sell at Detroit-based farmers’ markets and restaurants as well as by assisting growers with production, harvest, and post-harvest handling education and resources.
MSU Student Farm
The Student Organic Farm is a student-initiated project. In 1999, a group of students wanted to have a place to apply some of the things they were learning in their classes on campus, to learn things they were not getting in classes, to farm organically and to get their hands dirty with some hands-on farming experience. At the same time, Horticulture Professor John Biernbaum began researching possibilities for 4-season farming in Michigan. The marriage of these two projects became inevitable as year-round farming provided opportunities for students to engage in farming during the main part of the academic year (September to May).
Our goal is to join in the revitalization of Detroit by developing a successful, community-based business and to meet the need for local, affordable, sustainably produced food here. We believe in a triple bottom line setting environmental, social, and economic goals, all of which an urban farm contributes to. Our priority is to produce fresh, healthy, and delicious food while improving the neighborhood and creating economic opportunities.
We believe it is important to operate as a business to show that organic, urban agriculture can be economically viable. While sustainable farming and gardening does bring a variety of other benefits, we must be able to create an alternative and not merely a supplement to our industrialized food system.