Detroit Cultivators

Oakland Avenue Urban Farm

Funding Received: 2016
Detroit, MI
Funding Period: 1 year and 11 months

For the past decade, the Oakland Avenue Urban Farm has served as a community anchor.  It is now poised to double its footprint through arts-centered redevelopment.  The Farm is building a network of artists, designers, engineers, legal and business professions, planners, and residents to explore ways to reactivate existing architectures with inspired, locally rooted programming and to create beautiful and functional infrastructure that will move the site off-grid by building sustainable energy systems.


See below for recent updates, press, and events from this project

Feb 18, 2019
Detroit Cultivator, a six-acre urban plan developed between design firm Akoakiand the Oakland Avenue Urban Farm (OAUF), uses architecture and community organizing to help formalize... Read More
Dec 18, 2017
When reading about community rebuilding in Detroit, the focus is often on high-profile efforts, such as the massive investments by billionaire Dan Gilbert, but, as... Read More
Nov 12, 2017
While the narrative about Detroit’s comeback and big plans for development often seem to revolve around a few corporation-owned-and-operated corridors, a design duo called Akoaki,... Read More
Sep 27, 2017
The design duo Akoaki and the Oakland Avenue Urban Farm have opened the first phase of an ambitious project known as the Detroit Cultivator. Read More
Dec 17, 2016
Largest urban farm in Detroit’s North End will transform into a five-acre landscape combining art, architecture, sustainable ecologies, and new market practices Read More
Dec 14, 2016
Thanks to a national ArtPlace America grant, an urban farm in Detroit is making plans to expand with a dining hall, an Art Farm House,... Read More
Dec 12, 2016
Oakland Avenue Urban Farm has been helping to transform otherwise vacant land in the city's North End for the past decade, by providing fresh produce... Read More
Power is a broad concept, and its import ranges from who has it and how to get it to what it ultimately means and why...Read more