About Us

The Detroit Partnership for Food, Learning and Innovation (DPFLI) was founded in 2017 and is Michigan State University's (MSU) 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.