Recently, Planterra was looking to donate some large potting benches and plant shelving. We were lucky enough to have the Michigan Urban Farming Initiative (MUFI) contact us about picking them up.  Happy to see these going to a charitable organization, Planterra was happy to donate the benches.

MUFI (pronounced “muffy” according to President Tyson Gersh), was originally established with the premise of engaging community members in sustainable agriculture to address problems such as vacant land, poor diet, nutritional illiteracy and food insecurity. Now, they have expanded to a large couple of lots near Brush St. in Detroit, host community farmers markets, community gardens, have at least 2 houses for future community resource center/office/intern space, a new hoop house, over 8,000 volunteers and the plans to eventually have a farm to table style café.  Pretty impressive for a completely volunteer run organization!

Michigan Urban Farming Initiative

Michigan Urban Farming Initiative

The benches Planterra donated will be utilized to help the layout to their farmers market and also general storage for potted plants/seedlings.

President of Planterra Shane Pliska and Planterras Marketing Coordinator, Drew Burns were able to take a tour of the MUFI grounds led by their President Tyson Gersch.  They were lucky enough to hear of MUFI’s plans to not only grow plants but also create a community resource center within their administrative buildings.  Planterra’s team was very happy happy that we are able to take the time to connect and help (when possible) these important grass roots based non-profits with common goals of providing plants and nature to all community members, both indoors and out.

Shane Pliska and Tyson Gersch at the MUFI Building

Shane Pliska and Tyson Gersch at the MUFI Building

Planterra is always looking to help out/connect with local organizations with shared interests, like MUFI. For more information on Planterra’s role in the community please visit our Community Resources page here.

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