Pingree Farms is an urban farm originally established in 1993 as a means of providing food to an underserved community. It has since become a 501©3 dedicated to neighborhood revitalization and youth education through agriculture. Pingree Farms is a proud partner of 4-H groups throughout the metro-Detroit area, as well as providing meaningful educational opportunities to the young people of Detroit. An integral component of Pingree Farms’ mission is a greenhouse that suffered significant damage over a year ago due to heavy snowfall. A new roof and extensive refurbishing of the greenhouse is required to resume activity.
Pingree Farms is partnering with the STEM Research Class of a local college- preparatory high school (students and faculty) to spearhead the repair of the greenhouse. Plans are to repair the roof and provide the necessary infrastructure to allow year-round autonomous function. The goal is to repair internal structural piping to prevent any further potential damage to the roof and install a solar-powered heating and cooling system that will produce a carbon-negative system. Monies raised ($13,000 is required for structural piping, solar panel power grids, solar generators, heaters with digital thermometers, outdoor box fans) will purchase materials and all labor will be provided by the STEM students.