After five years of providing fresh produce to the hungry in Southeastern Michigan, the DTE Energy gardens program is preparing to make an even greater impact in 2013.
The program started with two gardens in 2008. There are now 9 gardens that use land at DTE Energy properties in Wayne, Oakland, Macomb and Monroe counties. The DTE Energy Gardens program partners with Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan. Produce grown in the gardens is delivered to Gleaners and then distributed to those in need.
There are 9 DTE Energy Gardens located at our facilities in Allen Park, Birmingham, Farmington Hills, Frenchtown Township, Lyon Township, Plymouth Township, Southfield, Washington Township, and Westland. Garden sizes range from 1.5 acres to 1,500 square feet. In the first five years, the project has grown over 150,000 pounds of fresh produce.
The gardens are maintained by volunteer groups from schools, religious organizations, and community groups. Volunteers work from April to October, doing everything from weeding and composting to planting, harvesting and delivery.
The program helps improve the nutrition of those who depend on Gleaners, and also provides a place where community members can learn more about gardening.
Learn more about where the gardens are located and the volunteer hours.