It’s no secret that Michigan is home to some of the nation’s best apple orchards and cider mills. Yet the City of Detroit has never reaped the full benefits, until now.
Wolverine Human Services recently founded a new company, Core Orchards Detroit, with the mission to create a green campus on Detroit’s East Side. The goal is to increase access to fresh and nutritious foods in the neighborhood, through U-Pick and Grow Your Own opportunities, while fostering community engagement.
On Arbor Day this past spring, 350 honey crisp apple trees were planted at 2610 Lenox on a half-acre of land. In the future, Core Orchards Detroit hopes to plant up to 4,000 honey crisp apple trees on 11 acres of vacant land.
These Detroit apple trees should be ready for picking in 2020. Until then, Core Orchards Detroit is accepting denotations, sponsorships, and volunteering opportunities.
Learn more about Core Orchards Detroit here.
By Allecia Jurkiewicz
Senior Research Associate, JMJ Phillip Group