volunteers helping under the tent

Interested in volunteering at Tollgate? There are many ways to share you talents and skills. The Tollgate Garden and Maple Syrup Project volunteers are a dedicated group of individuals with a love for gardening and the farm and a desire to share their knowledge. Our mission is to assist, enable and encourage our members to use their knowledge and experience to help people of southeast Michigan to enrich their lives through gardening and good gardening practices. Anyone  is welcome to join our organization. We do not have a membership fee, though contributions are accepted as a means to defray expenses.  

A Membership Form is completed on an annual basis. 



Please contact the Farm Manager. 


Garden Volunteering

You can see a calendar of Tollgate's garden volunteer opportunities here:  Volunteer Calendar


Other Volunteer Opportunities

There are many volunteer opportunities at Tollgate in addition to working in the gardens.  These opportunities include helping educational staff with community events and assisting with large school programs.  Volunteers are extremely important in helping MSU Extension provide services to SE Michigan.  Not all volunteer opportunities qualify as Extension Master Gardener hours.  If in doubt, please consult your Master Gardener coordinator. 

if you are interested in helping with programs at Tollgate other than in the Tollgate gardens, please send your name, email address and phone number to koehle43@msu.edu to be added to our mailing list


Major Events

The Sunset Celebration Garden Open House - Saturday, July 20 from 4pm to 7pm.  The Open House is our chance to show off the Tollgate Gardens and our 160 acre farm.  There will be lots to do: hay rides, music, tours of the gardens, garden and natural resource talks, refreshments and much more!  there is no charge for parking and admission.  Come join us!  MSUE Tollgate Farm and Conference Center, 28115 Meadowbrook Road, Novi, MI  48377.  Questions? 248 330 3623, prentic1@msu.edu.  For an Open House flyer, click here


The Farm News newsletter is the primary way that news, events and information is communicated with the volunteer membership.  Any member is welcome to submit an article of interest to the editor, subject to approval of the Tollgate Gardens Advisory Committee.  Since some members still receive this newsletter via postal service we do not include advertisements or listings of other garden club’s events due to space and cost issues.  With this web site you can access current and back issues using Adobe Acrobat Reader.

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