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May 2020

Working with Lots Workshop Series: Garden Maintenance – POSTPONED

May 18, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Canfield Community Flower Gardens, 4401 Montclair St.
Detroit, MI 48214 United States
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Free – $10

  This workshop covers all types of maintenance needs for gardens in their first two to three years.   These needs including water needs and weed identification, along with tips to suppress weeds, and techniques for weeding, pruning, mulching, and composting. The hands-on components will include weeding, pruning, and mulching.

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June 2020

Working with Lots Workshop Series: Water Catchment & Irrigation

June 25, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Free – $10

Learn methods for collecting and storing rainwater for future use. This workshop will help you think through the steps you need to take to ensure your garden receives adequate water. We will explore when, how much and how often we need to water, strategies to efficiently water the garden and methods to collect and store rainwater for future use.

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July 2020

Working with Lots Workshop Series: Leveraging Media & Communicating Your Vision

July 30, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Detroit Future City, 2990 West Grand Boulevard Suite 2
Detroit, MI 48202 United States
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Free – $10

  Getting the word out about your project can be hard. In this workshop, participants will learn best practices for communicating your vision. Participants will learn best practices for contacting media and making elevator pitches, along with general marketing advice and social media tips. Identification of different media sources will be included in the workshop, along with communication “do’s and don’ts”.

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August 2020

Working with Lots Workshop Series: Planting Techniques

August 18, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Free – $10

This workshop will teach participants the proper techniques for planting the common sizes of different perennials and trees. We will cover how to plant a seed, bulb, plug, quart and gallon pots, bare-root trees, and balled + burlap trees. Proper watering methods will also be discussed. The hands-on component will involve planting exercises in a I-do, we-do, you-do format.

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September 2020

Working with Lots Workshop Series: Bench Building

September 17, 2020 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

This workshop will walk individuals through the process of constructing a simple wood bench. The hands-on component will include guiding attendees through the different aspects of the construction process, including marking and sawing lumber, drilling holes, assembling a bench, etc. Participants will have the option to choose between using hand tools or power tools.

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October 2020

DFC Economic Equity: Let’s Talk Data (Virtual Event) – Oct. 27

October 27, 2020 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Join the Center for Equity, Engagement, and Research in a conversation about economic equity data. We will explore options for tracking economic equity in Detroit. This virtual event will involve a presentation from Mass Economics and a discussion that will inform the Center’s indicator selections for our upcoming economic equity indicators report. Click here to sign up:  

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April 2021

Working with Lots Workshop Series: Land Acquisition

April 6, 2021 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Online / Zoom

The Working with Lots program is kicking off the 2021 season with its annual Land Acquisition session with the Detroit Land Bank Authority and Emerald Isles Community Development Corporation.   Through Zoom, participants will learn some critical information regarding the acquisition process, which includes: - A step-by-step process for purchasing side lots, neighborhood lots and non-side lot vacant lots - How to determine if a lot is for sale - Becoming a community partner and working with existing community partners…

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June 2021

Detroit Future City’s Second Annual Equity Forum

June 24, 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Online / Zoom

Join us for the Second Annual Equity Forum! Come and learn about DFC’s work, hear from national experts, and work collaboratively towards a path to economic equity in Detroit. This year’s Equity Forum comes on the heels of the release of DFC’s latest report, “The State of Economic Equity in Detroit," and forum attendees will get a first look at the economic equity dashboard, an interactive tool that will track progress over time. Keynote Speakers: Darrick Hamilton, Ph.D. & Andre…

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December 2021


December 15, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

  Since 2010, Detroit has seen little to no growth in its middle-class, resulting in one of the lowest shares of middle-class households in the country. As Detroit works towards a more economically equitable future, it is important to grow and retain Detroit’s African American middle class. Join the Center in a discussion on why growing and retaining the African American middle class in Detroit is an indication of economic equity and hear from local and national leaders that will…

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April 2022

Economic Equity Innovation Series: Increasing Homeownership in Detroit Mortgage Lending

April 20 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Online / Zoom,

As Detroit continues to work toward achieving economic equity, addressing homeownership rates will be a critical component.  To do this we must provide better access to one of the primary pathways to homeownership, the home purchase mortgage. Register today for the second Innovation Series event! During this event, DFC will share current trends, challenges, and solutions in Detroit's home purchase lending followed by a moderated discussion with a panel of  experts that will share insights from their work and from…

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