Farm Field Trips

Students walk along a dug pond where wild wetland plants are being cultivated at WildType Nursery
Touring Wild Type Nursery, which specializes in wild harvested native plants for prairie restoration and pollinator support.


Expect field trips to 20+ farms in Detroit, Ann Arbor, Lansing, Grand Rapids and Flint and a weekend trip to urban farms in Chicago. OFTP participants often list these field trips as a highlight of the program, giving them insights into many different ways to approach infrastructure, growing methods and other farm techniques. Each year, participants vote on farms to visit, but below is a list of typical farms.



  • Cadillac Urban Gardens - Movable raised bed gardens led by the local Latinx community in SE Detroit
  • Fisheye Farms – No-till vegetables
  • Drew Farm – Detroit Public Schools farm
  • D-Town Farm & Detroit Black Food Security Network - National leaders in addressing racism in the food and farming system
  • Detroit Partnership for Food Learning and Innovation – Permaculture!


Ann Arbor

  • Green Things Farm Collective - 5 Farm Owners collaborate to grow 3.5 acres of no-till vegetables & seed crops, beef on pasture
  • Growing Hope – Ypsilanti hub for urban gardeners with a farmers’ market incubator kitchen and model urban farm
  • Nature & Nurture - Seeds!
  • Tantre Farm - 35 acres of vegetables and a mushroom forest



  • Magnolia Farms - Urban farm, vegetables, medicinal herbs
  • Allen Neighborhood Center & Hunter Park GardenHouse – Farm, edible park, multifarm CSA, workshops, incubator kitchen, farmers’ market, food cooperative and more….
  • 4H Children's Garden - 1st children's garden in the US
  • Wildtype - Native plants & ecological restoration
  • Two Sparrows - Herdshare dairy, beef, hay


Grand Rapids

  • Green Wagon Farm - Vegetables, lean farming techniques
  • New City Farm - Vegetables, youth education, on-farm café
  • Hope Gardens – Schoolyard gardens, community gardens and sharing seeds and transplants
  • Crane Dance Farm - Animal Welfare Approved, rotationally-grazed livestock



  • Edible Flint – hub for gardeners in Flint
  • Flint Ingredient Co./The Local Grocer
  • Women in Agriculture Farm
  • Twig End Farm – 1.5 vacant lots of cut flowers in Flint


Chicago – New site for 2024! We hope to visit 6 or more farms like:

  • Urban Growers Collective – Black and women-led group of 8 farms in SE Chicago to teach youth and BIPOC farmers covering 11 acres
  • Chicago Lights – Youth internships, produce, community garden plots, classes
  • Windy City Harvest – Job training for 80-90 youth per year, apprenticeships, business planning classes
  • Gotham Greens – world’s largest rooftop farm (75,000 sg. Ft.) and 100,000 sg.
  • Gardeneers – managing 19 schoolyard gardens in south and west Chicago
  • Growing Home
  • First Nations Garden of Chi-Nations Youth Council – Independent plots, culturally significant plantings in protected raised beds, circular raised beds and planting mounds, outdoor gallery and Native Sundays gatheringsz  
  • The Urban Canopy – 2-acre raised bed garden, Compost Club