Sunday, February 12, 2017

2017: Today is the first day of the rest of our lives.

2017 is going to be a big year.  This is the year that we step up to the big league. We aren't going to settle for anything less than excellence this year.

We have already planted over a dozen city lots with organically grown produce, given away hundreds of recycled, refurbished bicycles to the neighborhood, and continued to perfect our off grid water and electrical systems.

This year, we will be doing everything we did last year as well as:
  • Installing a greenhouse near the garden
  • Selling around 25% of the produce we grow on the Robinwood st. Farm at the "Grown in Detroit" stand in shed 3 at Eastern Market
  • Finding other nearby organizations to help distribute a larger expected yield from the gardens
  •  Purchasing the vacant lots through the Detroit Land Bank's Community Partnership Program.
  • Organizing monthly gatherings for individual projects (I.E. farm, bike shop, food distribution)
  • Finding more room for BICYCLES!

Over the course of the next year, the people in our community will volunteer their efforts by teaching each other how to work on bicycles, houses, and gardens. Perhaps more importantly, we will be organizing. The community at large is reaching out while at the same time looking in. The next community meeting where we will continue our discussion of our vision and goals is on March 8th at 595 w Robinwood st. We may need a larger space soon.

Our nonprofit organization is looking to add a few board members from outside of the community who have experience working with the city of Detroit, community gardens, nonprofit bike shops, and/or community organizing. In order to distinguish the Fireweed community from the 501(c)(3) organization, the 501(c)(c) organization may undergo a name change sometime within the next couple of months. The nonprofit will still support all of the same projects as it has in the past, hopefully expanding and supporting new ones this year.

Other groups pertaining to specific projects will be forming, the First of which is the Farm Group. This group will be meeting monthly (TBA) and will be discussing issues pertaining to operating the community garden project. If you want to become involved in the Farm Group, email us at Other groups will be forming as well (TBA)

There is a lot to do this year. The ebb and flow of the energy in our neighborhood makes it difficult to tell when the time is right to expand. The constant turbulence from our reality is enough to tear us apart without something to hold us together. The houses pictured above are no longer standing. Many of the things people in the community have done no longer exist in the same form they once did. Nevertheless, everything those before us did has led us to where we stand now, and today is the first day of the rest of our lives.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

The farm is growing!

Our farm is growing, growing, growing!  We have been producing so much food and have begun selling at Eastern Marker through Grown in Detroit, a Detroit-only farmer's cooperative.  This has been an amazing experience, giving us a foot in the door at Eastern Market and connecting us with dozens of other farmers and gardeners in the city.  We also sell food from the farmstand on the farm following a "pay what you can" model, and give away food to people in our neighborhood and volunteers.

If you are interested in purchasing food, or volunteering, feel free to visit the farm on Robinwood St. or visit the Grown in Detroit table at Eastern Market Tuesdays and Saturdays.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

There is a lot going on...

We have been busy the last several weeks in the garden!  We have almost all of our garden space planted with a wide variety of crops - tomatoes, peppers, potatoes, corn, greens, squash, the list goes on. 

In bigger news...we have been applying for grants with the non-profit and are finalists in a grant competition!  On Thursday, June 23rd, we will be giving a presentation along with two other finalists in front of a voting audience.  Whoever gets the most votes is awarded $3000 for their project.  Third place is given $1000 to help their cause, so either way we have already won.  However, we need you!  Please come show your support for Fireweed and the other great projects happening around Detroit. 

Thursday, June 23rd.  6pm
3434 Russell St. Detroit

Event link:

If you can't make the event, we would still love to see you down in the neighborhood!  There is a lot to do in the garden and bike shop, and many more projects in the works . 

Friday, May 13, 2016

Get involved!

We are very grateful for the awesome support we have received this year. Please join us as we work to co-create a beautiful environment and help empower our local community.

The farming project has volunteer days on Saturday and Tuesday starting at 11.
Please join our Facebook group to get up to date information on work days and gatherings

Gardening and farming program 2016

This year we have expanded our operation. We are now farming on Robinwood which gives us the space we need to increase food production.

There has been great progress in working new land, developing improved water collection systems and additional infrastructure like our new farmstand!
Take a look at some the this progress!

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Neighborhood beautification

Fireweed is continuosly working to beautify our surrounding neighborhood. There is a park on the corner of Robinwood and Charleston that has been created and maintained by Fireweed. The photos included in this post show a tree planting day on April 12, 2016 where over 60 trees and bushes were planted in DA Park and surrounding areas.

Fireweed updates for 2016

Hello All,

It's been some time since this blog has been updated. We are working on growing our social media presence and you will see updates from us more often.

We've been very busy over the past months with home renovation, bike shop organizing, garden development and neighborhood beautification. Over the next several posts you will be able to see our progress in these areas.

Thank you all for your support. If you havent had a chance yet please subscribe to our Facebook group for up to date info on work days and gatherings. You can access our group at