Brightmoor Farmway’s Annual Harvest Festival
October 25, 2014 | 2-7 p.m.
Curtis Green Park (Beaverland and Chalfonte) (directions)
- Great food for everybody
- Activities for children (including hayrides!)
- Fellowship with neighbors
- Annual greens cookoff
- And more!
Brightmoor’s farmers have been growing and selling quality, organically-grown produce for over ten years now. The next step to a sustainable local economy built on local farming is creating value-added products from the produce that can be marketed and sold commercially.
To do this, we need a local commercial kitchen where our artisans can work together to create food for your table. This kitchen will be a catalyst for economic growth, local employment, and local food consumption.
We’ve identified a location, available at auction, for a commercial kitchen and cafe, but we need your help to be able to purchase it. We’re attempting to raise at least $10,000 to purchase this Brightmoor commercial property. Any amount that you’re able to give will help us in our mission to create a sustainable, local economy in Detroit’s resilient Brightmoor neighborhood.
This page will be updated frequently with more information about the Wayne County Tax Auction. Stay informed!
As you may have heard, the Wayne County Treasurer is holding a tax auction to sell many properties foreclosed on because the owners defaulted on property taxes. Many of these properties are in Brightmoor, and we urge both current residents and friends of the Brightmoor neighborhood to use this opportunity to strategically purchase property for housing and farming purposes. We’ve put together some resources to help you understand and navigate the auction; however, please understand that we are not offering legal or financial advice; we are simply pointing you to resources and sharing what we know. Please consult with your own lawyer, real estate agent, or CPA for further information.
There are actually two auctions: one in September and one in October. The September auction offers houses for a starting bid that includes the tax liens, selling costs, etc.; therefore the starting bids and required deposits are much higher. The October auction features the properties that did not sell in September and offers much lower starting bids and deposits. As we get closer to the October auction, we’ll update this page with more information. Registration is now closed for the September auction.
The Main Website
The official website for information about the Wayne County auction is WayneCountyTreasurerMI.com. This site includes a property search and registration information.
To search possible properties, check Why Don’t We Own This. You can search by address, zip code (try 48223), or neighborhood. The site will show you the tax status of each parcel.
“ Just put it in the ground, talk to it, love it, and it grows”
So says Bernice Walker, a twenty-three year resident of Brightmoor and three-year member of Neighbors Building Brightmoor.
This is her first year with her new garden. Back in June, Bernice, along with a group of NBB volunteers, worked to prepare the soil, prepare the garden beds, and plant the seeds in the vacant lot next to her house. She’s growing tomatoes, squash, mustard greens, basil, peppers, beets and beans, along with a lot of gorgeous flowers. When the abandoned and condemned house next door was torn down, Bernice says she knew a garden was exactly what she wanted.She would love to see the garden develop into a community garden and wants to share the produce with her neighbors.
Good neighbors is one of the reasons Bernice has always loved living in Brightmoor. Another reason is that “everybody knows everybody,” and housing is affordable.
Next year Bernice would love to add potatoes, col-lard greens, and pole beans to her crop. She al-so would like to plant a butterfly garden.
Bernice would love to see more neighbors involved in neighborhood improvement projects. “Everybody get out. Participate. Come to the block club meetings. Get to know your neighbors.” That, she says, is what will continue to make this neighborhood a beautiful place to live.