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February 2020

Working with Lots Workshop Series: Land Acquisition

February 13 @ 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

In this workshop, the Detroit Land Bank Authority will discuss the process for purchasing side lots, non-side lots and vacant lots. Attendees will also learn how to determine if a lot is for sale, becoming a community partner, working with existing community partners when purchasing vacant lots, and submitting a site plan with the proposal.

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2020 Land + Water WORKS Coalition Ambassador Information Session #2

February 18 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Detroit Future City, 2990 West Grand Boulevard Suite 2
Detroit, MI 48202 United States
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Free

  The Land + Water WORKS Coalition is currently seeking 15 Detroit residents and four Detroit non-profit organizations to serve as 2020 LWWC Ambassadors. Learn more about the 2020 L+WWC Ambassador Program non-profit and resident tracks from program administrators, alumni, supporters and more. A light dinner will be provided, and metered street parking is available.   Only one 2020 Information Session attendance is necessary.

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Working with Lots Grant Program 2020: Open Office Hours – Session 1

February 27 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Ford Resource & Engagement Center – Eastside, 15491 Maddelein St
Detroit, MI 48205 United States
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Free

All 2020 Working with Lots Grant applicants are required to attend an Office Hours Appointment with a DFC Field Guide team member. You may either make an appointment for an office hour at Detroit Future City or attend an evening or weekend open office hour at an alternative location. Office Hours are designed to assist applicants by answering questions and providing technical assistance. Please bring photos of your lot from at least two angles (including one from the street), and…

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March 2020

Working with Lots Workshop Series: Project Planning & Community Engagement

March 5 @ 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

This workshop will use the Field Guide Workbook as a guide for thinking through the early and important steps of implementing a lot design--landscaping and community engagement planning.

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April 2020

Working with Lots Workshop Series: Grant Writing & Resource Hustle Webinar

April 2 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Free – $10

  This webinar will help Working with Lots 2020 applicants to submit a quality RFP, to identify and prepare for other funding opportunities, and to consider alternative opportunities of value. This will be a webinar to connect with and share, request, discuss in-kind resources with other Detroiters. The webinar will also share other avenues for finding materials (plants, hardscaping, lumber, etc.) at discounted prices. Join this Zoom webinar here.

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May 2020

Working with Lots Workshop Series: Garden Maintenance – POSTPONED

May 18 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
$20

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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