Get on the bus or your bike!

Urban garden and farm tours showcase the best of Detroit and Flint.

Enjoy the best our cities have to offer this summer by going on the Detroit Urban Garden and Farm tour or the Edible Flint Food Garden tour. These tours showcase how our urban gardens and farms play important and growing roles in building strong and vital food systems in our cities with access to fresh, healthy food for all. Participants will see firsthand how these urban gardens and farms can positively impact our urban communities by taking a vacant lot and transforming it into a green oasis where neighbors can share beauty and good food.

Keep Growing Detroit is offering their tour of Detroit urban gardens and farms on August 7, 2013. Four bus tours and three bike tours will be leaving from Eastern Market Shed 3 located on Russell Street between Adelaide and Division Streets in Detroit at 6:00 PM with check in starting at 5:00 PM. Locally-grown food and refreshments prepared by local chefs will be provided for tour participants at the end of the tour. The fee for the tour, payable in advance or at the door, is a sliding scale of $5-$75. Early registration is strongly recommended as this tour fills up fast. To register, call 313-757-2635 or go to

The fifth annual Edible Flint Food Garden tour is set for Wednesday, July 31 and participants can visit different types of urban food production by bus or bike. There are 300 bus seats and 100 bike spots available. The tour will begin at 5:30 PM departing from the Flint Farmers’ Market, located at 420 East Boulevard Drive. Local snacks will be available and participants are encouraged to bring a brown bag meal. The tour is open to the public and free, but donations are encouraged. Participants must register in advance by going to and following the registration link or contacting Deb Hamilton at 810-244-8547 or

For more information about any of these programs, please contact Michigan State University Extension at 313-567-9701 extension 102.

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