The RoofTop Farm Detroit was conceived in 2012 and built in 2013 on top of an office building in Midtown Detroit. Began as an experiment and demonstration project in urban agriculture, this project has allowed us to connect with thriving food and farm scenes in the Motor City's rapidly evolving DIY ecosystem. Why and how do you start a farm on a building? What is a plate-to-farm process, and how is that different from farm-to-table agriculture? How do we measure success on a small scale, triple-bottom-line basis? How do we make sure our customers are truly a part of what we're doing? These are some of the questions that Sarah and Kirsten will explore with you as we look at how the RoofTop Farm came to be and how it has grown and impacted our lives and communities.
This fall, the RoofTop Farm was featured in TBD Magazine.
Kirsten Lyons, Master Gardener Volunteer, Class of 1998
In her career, Kirsten has served in many capacities in retail management, sustainability consulting, landscape design, habitat management and horticulture. Her work takes a systemic and ecological approach to site design and management. She has also taught a wide range of college and adult education classes, and is currently the stewardship director for Friends of the St. Clair River, a local environmental nonprofit. Kirsten holds an M.Arch. degree from Lawrence Technological University and a B.F.A. from Wayne State University with a concentration in design. A lifelong learner, Kirsten recently achieved certification as a Michigan Conservation Steward. Kirsten led the design and implementation of the RoofTop Farm project at the Green Garage in Midtown Detroit.
Sarah Schnell, RoofTop Farm Manager, 2015-present
Thanks to her family’s encouragement and a natural green thumb, Sarah has been cultivating her curiosity and gardening all her life. She first learned about the RoofTop Farm when she visited the Green Garage with a friend. Beginning as a volunteer herself, Sarah now manages the RoofTop Farm with the help of several occasional volunteers. Sarah is studying environmental science at Wayne State University, just down the street from the Green Garage and RoofTop Farm. Sarah also works at the Green Garage in a variety of capacities to help ensure the co-working community's sustainability. Among her many successes and challenges met, Sarah’s leadership, experience and pragmatism carried the farm through the hottest, and one of the driest, summers on record in 2015.
The business meeting will follow the presentation.
Cheryl M. English will be speaking on “Clematis.”
She is a long-time resident of the metropolitan Detroit area, who has traveled as far as Singapore and Turkey, only to return to her childhood dancing grounds. Having earned a BA in Art History from Michigan State University and an MA in Art History and Archaeology from Cornell University, she realized she much preferred making art to dissecting it.
A lifelong autodidact, Cheryl first began her ceramics studies with Gene Pluhar through Grosse Pointe Community Education. Taking advantage of Mr. Pluhar’s classroom at Grosse Pointe South High School, she reveled in the pleasures of propane torches, sand blasters and drill presses while investigating the potential of slab rollers, extruders and the wheel.
Cheryl’s work is a reflection of her “other” passion: gardening. As an Advanced Master Gardener (certified through Wayne County Extension), her abiding interest in things natural – and indigenous – is reflected in her unique designs. Cheryl’s work has been featured in The Detroit News Homestyle Section and Handmade Business Magazine. Contact Cheryl at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The business meeting will take place after the speaker.
Here is a reminder of our December Master Gardener's Meeting.
Remember that we will be meeting one week early and start one hour
earlier. This means that we will gather at the Donald Dodge
Auditorium on December 12 at 6:00 pm. Bring finger food to share.
We will start with socializing, followed by membership meeting. Then,
our gift exchange. This year, should you wish to participate, bring a
wrapped gift that is $5 - 10, wrapped and can withstand being passed
around. Also, consider bringing a gift that is "green", or
Through the work of Beverly Kobylas, Master Gardeners of St. Clair County is having a road trip on July 27. She has arranged for members and friends to have a tour of Tapper Garden near Romeo. Here are the details:
Thursday July 27, 10:00 am formal tour, that lasts an hour, with ability of walking around on your own afterward. There is a free will donation at the end. Let's gather there at 9:45 am.
The garden is located at 4700 Raap Road, Bruce Township, MI 48065.
RSVP to Maryanne Herrmann. Let her know that you are coming and the number in your party.
Hope to see you there!
SPRING PLANT SWAP
SATURDAY, MAY 20, 2017
SET UP: 9 – 10 AM
OPEN TO MASTER GARDENERS ONLY: 10 – 11 AM
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC: 11 AM – 1 PM
CLEAN UP: 1 – 2 PM
LOCATION: South side of Acheson Ventures Maritime Center, Vantage Point where Black River meets the St. Clair River, at the end of Water Street
RAIN OR SHINE – DRESS FOR THE WEATHER!
Healthy, labeled plants only
Annuals, perennials, houseplants, seeds, bulbs
No shrubs or trees (no woody plants allowed)
Swap Plants for Plants (or seeds)
Swap Seeds for Seeds only
No invasive species such as lily of the valley, violets, ivy, etc,
For questions or to volunteer, contact:
Cathy Bourgeois 810-395-2851
The Master Gardeners of St. Clair County have rescheduled this free lecture from January. They are pleased to offer a presentation by Scott Sherman of Sherman’s Nursery. Scott will share his expertise in a talk entitled “Plants in the Landscape, Right Plant, Right Place.”
Please join us Tuesday, February 21, 2017 at 7:00 pm in the Dodge Auditorium, 200 Grand River Ave, Port Huron, for our free lecture. All are welcome. Preregistration is not necessary. Call Alicia Cannon (586) 914-4521 with questions.
Please note, in case of inclement weather, if the Port Huron School district cancels classes, our presentation is also canceled.
The Master Gardeners of St. Clair County are pleased to offer a presentation by Scott Sherman of Sherman’s Nursery. Scott will share his expertise in a talk entitled “Plants in the Landscape, Right Plant, Right Place.”
Please join us Tuesday, January 17, 2017 at 7:00pm in the Dodge Auditorium, 200 Grand River Ave, Port Huron, for our free lecture. All are welcome. Preregistration is not necessary. Call Alicia Cannon (586) 914-4521 with questions.