Becoming Part of the Solution.
In July 2021, we were fortunate enough to be one of two grant winners nationwide to receive a 42-foot geodesic greenhouse grow dome from Growing Spaces based out of Colorado; this type of grow dome is the first of its size and kind built in the Detroit area. With the help of the Growing Spaces' team and support from our local volunteers, we were able to complete the build of the greenhouse dome in a combination of two weeks. This greenhouse is located on E Vernor Hwy. between Chene and Mt. Elliott and is 2 minutes away from Eastern Market!
Why is this greenhouse dome important to our organization? This greenhouse allows us to extend our growing season to a year-round operation; due to weather, we were limited to a growing season of April - October but with the implementation of this greenhouse, we will be able to increase our produce capacity and aid with providing fresh organic produce to local businesses and residents all year around.
What are we looking to accomplish with building this greenhouse? Ultimately, we are looking to be a local primary source of produce in the Detroit area. We want to be a resource for local grocery stores, restaurants, chefs, and residents to have access to freshly grown produce; we aim to grow, process, and package our produce on site to be distributed locally. Now that we've completed construction on the structure of the greenhouse, we are now shifting our focus to completing the finishing touches to the inside of the greenhouse. We are working simultaneously on beginning our on-site food distribution center which will aid in supporting distribution for the produce grown in the greenhouse.
How can you help? All that we do here at Peace Tree Parks is 100% for the community and none of what we do is possible without the contributions from the community. If you're interested in contributing toward this project to help increase the access that Metro-Detroit residents and local businesses have to fresh organic produce, we welcome all monetary and in-kind donations (such as supplies). We are always looking for volunteers to help assist with various tasks and always ready to partner with anyone locally that specializes in trade skills such as contractors, builders, welders, carpenters, etc.