Evenings in the Garden


Evenings in the Garden is a series of classes for beginner and experienced gardeners, homeowners, landscapers, and outdoor enthusiasts - taught by favorite regional experts - held remotely via Zoom.

 Check back in the future as new classes will be added to the registration as they become available. 


MSU Tollgate Farm - Evenings in the Garden 
 A three part series on Race, Food, & Land in Detroit.

Across the United States black farmers and black communities face major barriers related to farmland acquisition and food sovereignty. These issues often go unseen. MSU Extension and MSU Tollgate Farm will be facilitating a three-part lecture series to investigate the past, present, and future of race relations in Detroit and how it has impacted land acquisition and food sovereignty. During each session, a team of MSU Extension facilitators, will be joined by panelists from across the Detroit food systems landscape to share their lived and learned experiences. Registration fees, minus the cost of stipends for the panelists, will support the cost of consultation for high-needs and Detroit-based MSU Product Center clients who wish to explore product and farm development.

Individual sessions are $10 each or $25 for all three.
Pre-registration is required.
Sessions will be held via Zoom with a link provided upon registration.
Each session is eligible for 2 hours of continuing education for Extension Master Gardeners.



July 30th, The History of Urban Agriculture and Racism in Detroit:

Gain a clear and accurate historical overview of how race relations in Detroit impacted land acquisition and food sovereignty.

Highlight and uplift historical Black/African American voices regarding lived experiences in relation to race, land, and food within Detroit.

August 27th, Present-Day Food Sovereignty and Equitable Food Access in Detroit:

Learn about Detroiters and Detroit based organizations doing urban agricultural work to strengthen food access and food sovereignty.

Highlight and uplift present-day Black/African American voices regarding lived experiences in relation to race, land, and food within Detroit.

September 24th, Envisioning the Future of Food and Farming in Detroit:

Articulate action items around supporting the work of grassroots organizations within Detroit tackling the issues discussed.

Envision what needs to change, grow, or "be weeded out" to bring forth food sovereignty in Detroit.

MSU Extension Session Facilitators
Alondra Alivizo - MSU Product Center Counselor
Naim Edwards - Director of the Detroit Partnership for Food, Learning, and Innovation
Mike Mathis - Director of MSU Tollgate Farm and Education Center 

 MSU is an affirmative-action, equal-opportunity employer. Michigan State University Extension programs and materials are open to all without regard to race, color, national origin, gender, gender identity, religion, age, height, weight, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, marital status, family status, or veteran status.

For questions please contact Katie Gallagher, galla301@msu.edu