RecoveryPark

RecoveryPark Creating Jobs. Transforming Communities.
RecoveryPark is an independent, 501(c)(3) nonprofit established in 2010 to help revitalize Detroit through job creation for those with barriers to employment (primarily recovering addicts and returning citizens). We seek to accomplish this through utilizing Detroit's resources (land, water and Michigan's longest growing season) to build infrastructure for a year-round food production system.

http://www.recoverypark.org/#!vision/pdi5e We began RecoveryPark with the vision that Detroit can have a new future with local, live foods as the basis for walkable neighborhoods. For this to happen, there must also be opportunities for everyone to participate in the workforce. Veterans, returning citizens, challenged workers, those in recovery and other marginalized citizens struggle daily for the ability to care for themselves and their families. They deserve opportunities to work a meaningful job, earn a decent wage, own their own business and restore personal dignity. Working with our partners we are putting in place businesses and programs which will help to transform vacant and blighted areas into revitalized communities.

06/19/2019

Our Pick-As-You-Please Garden is enjoying the fruits (and veggies) of our first seeding! Come get some delicious radishes and baby kale, Detroit - squash coming soon! 🤗🌱

*~* FREE Entrepreneurship Training is BACK! *~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~After a tremendously suc...
06/13/2019

*~* FREE Entrepreneurship Training is BACK! *~*

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After a tremendously successful first cohort, ProsperUS Detroit and RecoveryPark are so excited to announce the second round of FREE entrepreneurship training for returning citizens with children.

Returning citizens are some of the best and brightest entrepreneurs in the market – and we’re here to help mobilize this talent right here in Detroit’s neighborhoods. Building on the fabulous curriculum adapted for Detroiters by ProsperUS, enhanced by RecoveryPark’s Entrepreneurship 101 curriculum administered inside the Michigan Department of Corrections, we’ll help break down the barriers that often seem daunting when starting one’s own business.

With special thanks to a generous grantor, there are some specific requirements we must meet. Participants must be parents, caregivers, or heads-of-households of families with a child under the age of eight who have been incarcerated (for any period of time – one arrest qualifies). Participants must be able to commit to the full 12-week series, beginning with an orientation on Wednesday, July 31st from 5:30 – 8:30. We will once again hold classes at RecoveryPark (just North of Eastern Market on Chene & Ferry Streets), and dinner along with optional child care are offered to each cohort.

Interested? Call us today at (313) 297-0083 or email [email protected] to apply!

We are proud of our accomplishments with Southwest Solutions and our pilot Housing Support Platform. Welcome HOME, Mache...
05/17/2019
From juvenile lifer to a place of her own: Machelle’s long climb

We are proud of our accomplishments with Southwest Solutions and our pilot Housing Support Platform. Welcome HOME, Machelle! http://www.swsol.org/from-juvenile-lifer-to-a-place-of-her-own-machelles-long-climb/

In a courthouse in Ann Arbor, Machelle Pearson was convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison without the chance of parole. It was 1984. She was only 17. As she was led away in handcuffs, Machelle’s “tears turned into uncontrollable sobs,” according to a news article written at the ti...

CONGRATULATIONS to the ProsperUS Detroit Graduating Class! RecoveryPark has been thrilled to host these talented entrepr...
04/30/2019

CONGRATULATIONS to the ProsperUS Detroit Graduating Class! RecoveryPark has been thrilled to host these talented entrepreneurs as they launch their own businesses.

CONGRATULATIONS to all of the talented entrepreneurs who “pitched” their businesses beautifully this evening. We wer...
04/18/2019

CONGRATULATIONS to all of the talented entrepreneurs who “pitched” their businesses beautifully this evening. We were so proud to host this class in partnership with ProsperUS Detroit over the last several months. This cohort, instructed by the amazing Lawrence Jackson came a long way since day one. Special thanks to our “sharks” Paul Garrison and Warren Galloway for joining us this evening.

We're saddened by the loss of our beloved team member, John Palffy, who helped transform RecoveryPark and bring operatio...
03/28/2019

We're saddened by the loss of our beloved team member, John Palffy, who helped transform RecoveryPark and bring operational guidance and investments to the table. As our COO, John helped us achieve so many goals as we continue building for the future.

John is described by his family as a "family man" first and foremost. The Palffy family has generously requested that donations in John's memory be directed towards RecoveryPark as we continue to create jobs for people with barriers to employment.

John - you will be missed.

Donation link: https://www.recoverypark.org/in-memory-of-john-palffy

We’re out here!! The annual Del Bene Produce Food Show is the best foodie event of the year! Come see us at Table 20 a...
03/25/2019

We’re out here!! The annual Del Bene Produce Food Show is the best foodie event of the year! Come see us at Table 20 and try our Chene Ferry Market Mix and our Knockout Mix (swipe for our beloved products and people!) Our very own Michelle and Anna are representing today with some terrific samples. 💚🌱💚

"We're obviously creating jobs in a new area. We're demonstrating people have real value, no matter what their issues, a...
03/19/2019

"We're obviously creating jobs in a new area. We're demonstrating people have real value, no matter what their issues, and we are demonstrating that there is a real demand for locally sourced produce and people are willing to pay a premium for a healthier product" - Gary Wozniak, CEO

A hearty THANK YOU to MDARD and the Michigan Agriculture's annual publication featuring us as an innovative farm!

Mama said knock you out! Our spicy “Knockout Mix” will add crunch, freshness, and a little zing to your salad. Sprin...
02/21/2019

Mama said knock you out! Our spicy “Knockout Mix” will add crunch, freshness, and a little zing to your salad. Sprinkle on some RecoveryPark violas to make an elegant dish. Knockout Mix is currently available through our friends and distribution partners at Del Bene Produce in Eastern Market. 🌱🌱

Proud to have Anna on our team!
01/29/2019
#LeadLikeAWoman with Anna Kohn

Proud to have Anna on our team!

"If I asked most of my male counterparts who they call upon to do their work, there is almost always an invaluable woman behind them who keeps things moving." What does leadership mean to you? I have always felt that the litmus test for leaders is how they integrate with the folks who follow.

It’s been a great year for RecoveryPark’s Associate Support Platform - we’ve increased our service offerings and o...
01/24/2019
A promising new initiative to house returning citizens

It’s been a great year for RecoveryPark’s Associate Support Platform - we’ve increased our service offerings and our collaborations, and this one may be the most exciting. What a thrill to support returning citizens not just in the job market, but also around housing!

Starry Carter was looking for a new start in life. The worst was behind him, and the best was still ahead, even at 62 years old, he thought. What he needed was a chance to prove that he was indeed a changed man. So, last fall, Starry enrolled in the small business training course offered by ProsperU...

It has been such an exciting couple of weeks with our first cohort of returning citizens who strive to be entrepreneurs....
01/18/2019
ProsperUS course for returning citizens proves popular

It has been such an exciting couple of weeks with our first cohort of returning citizens who strive to be entrepreneurs. This group is AMAZING, they gelled immediately, and have already started building collaborative partnerships. We can't WAIT for Pitch Day! Immensely grateful to our partners at Southwest Solutions and ProsperUS Detroit. We love working with you.

"There’s a common motif in the motivations of the aspiring entrepreneurs gathered around the table at the RecoveryPark offices in Poletown. The desire to give back. To provide opportunities for others who experience challenges of their own."

There’s a common motif in the motivations of the aspiring entrepreneurs gathered around the table at the Recovery Park offices in Poletown. The desire to give back. To provide opportunities for others who experience challenges of their own. Kaniesha Wheeler wants to start a beauty salon that speci...

We are so grateful to Water Street Coffee in Grand Rapids for their incredibly generous contribution towards our mission...
01/17/2019

We are so grateful to Water Street Coffee in Grand Rapids for their incredibly generous contribution towards our mission of creating jobs for people with barriers to employment! We appreciate it more than we can explain. Visit Water Street Coffee next time you're in Grand Rapids and get some "Grounds for Good!"

2018 was our 25th anniversary and we decided to celebrate by giving back! Dubbed Grounds for Giving, we’re donating 1% of wholesale purchases from last year, totaling more than $10,000, to eight community-focused nonprofits. The money is being donated on behalf of our wholesale partners, with each partner given the opportunity to designate where their portion of sales is donated.: http://bit.ly/WSCGroundsforGiving

The following organizations will be receiving donations as a result of Grounds for Giving:

Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, Kalamazoo, MI
Kalamazoo Community Foundation, Kalamazoo, MI
Girls on the Run of Greater Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo, MI
RecoveryPark, Detroit, MI
Gleaners Community Food Bank, Detroit, MI
Downtown Boxing Gym Youth Program, Detroit, MI
Alliance for the Great Lakes, Chicago, IL
Grounds for Health, Williston, VT

Huge thanks to our friends at NBC News for shining a light on our transformational project! Check it out.
01/12/2019
Detroit’s RecoveryPark is changing lives for the better

Huge thanks to our friends at NBC News for shining a light on our transformational project! Check it out.

In Reviving Detroit Part 6.2, we return to RecoveryPark. After acquiring 105 acres from the Detroit Land Bank, RecoveryPark plans to expand its farming footprint across the city. With this growth, the farming operation is able to embrace more and more returning citizens, fostering hope and creating....

Our incredible Farm Manager Michelle Lutz never ceases to amaze and educate us! Check her out with our good friend James...
11/30/2018
Seasonal Eating in Michigan with Chef James Rigato - SEEN Magazine

Our incredible Farm Manager Michelle Lutz never ceases to amaze and educate us! Check her out with our good friend James Rigato of Mabel Gray discussing the best crops to grow every season.

Renowned Chef James Rigato and organic farmer Michelle Lutz share some of their favorite vegetables in each Michigan season.

We are adding a little freshness to this year's #GivingTuesday.  For every $25 you donate to RecoveryPark, you will be e...
11/26/2018

We are adding a little freshness to this year's #GivingTuesday.

For every $25 you donate to RecoveryPark, you will be entered to WIN a beautiful RecoveryPark Farms' salad to feed your holiday guests (up to 10 people) delivered to your door ($100 donation = 4 entries) during the month of December.

On very special occasions we prepare this incredible salad (see photo!) for our team, and we want to share the love with you.

Your donations, as always, are fully tax-deductible.

Please help us continue creating jobs for people with barriers - together!

So grateful for our amazing Farm Manager, Michelle Lutz, who prepared a beautiful lunch for our farm team today with all...
11/14/2018

So grateful for our amazing Farm Manager, Michelle Lutz, who prepared a beautiful lunch for our farm team today with all of our homegrown produce. This is a real RecoveryPark salad fresh off the pond complete with watermelon radish, daikon, rainbow carrots, our Knockout Mix (spicy greens) and our stunning marigold blossoms! 🌱💕🥗 Thanks, Michelle!

09/28/2018

Come out to Western Fruit & Meat Market today between 4 & 7pm! We are helping them celebrate their 35th Anniversary with and providing samples of our Knockout Mix, carrots, edible flowers and of course our vine ripened tomatoes.

Chef Friends,RecoveryPark Farms is still harvesting our tasty mixed cherry tomatoes from our high tunnels. You can enjoy...
09/25/2018

Chef Friends,
RecoveryPark Farms is still harvesting our tasty mixed cherry tomatoes from our high tunnels. You can enjoy that last taste of summer a little bit longer until cooler weather comes. Call your DelBene sales rep today and place your order. Each case includes (12) 1/2# pints.

We had the pleasure of discussing economic development with group from the Stadt Graz for an afternoon. Thanks to Stefan...
09/19/2018

We had the pleasure of discussing economic development with group from the Stadt Graz for an afternoon. Thanks to Stefanie for arranging!

With Kevin from Sfumato Fragrances. #edibleflowers
09/13/2018

With Kevin from Sfumato Fragrances. #edibleflowers

We are happy to be here at Detroit Homecoming talking about opportunities to get involved in our mission to create jobs ...
09/13/2018

We are happy to be here at Detroit Homecoming talking about opportunities to get involved in our mission to create jobs for people with barriers to employment!

Love this article from the Fortune Society, one of the most effective, evidence-based prisoner reentry programs in the c...
09/06/2018
How Meditation and Horticulture Help People Heal After Prison

Love this article from the Fortune Society, one of the most effective, evidence-based prisoner reentry programs in the country!

Discover how meditation and horticulture help participants at The Fortune Society heal from the trauma of incarceration and aid in their reentry.

Our baby Beta vulgaris (you know it as Swiss chard) is stealing all the shows while they catch the rays off our LED ligh...
07/31/2018

Our baby Beta vulgaris (you know it as Swiss chard) is stealing all the shows while they catch the rays off our LED lighting systems! Look at these beauties! ❤️⚡️🌱

this stunning lamb tartare by @chefjamesrigato has us swooning!! what a beautiful dish - especially with those @recovery...
07/25/2018

this stunning lamb tartare by @chefjamesrigato has us swooning!! what a beautiful dish - especially with those @recoveryparkfarms tomatoes!!! - now available at @mabelgraykitchen - thank you for all of your love and support!! ❤️✨🌱

07/23/2018
Bloomfield Community Television

Check out our Chief Impact Officer, Anna Kohn, sharing a bit about her role and her journey to RecoveryPark. Thanks to our friend John Sauve for continuing to share the spotlight with our wonderful mission!

RecoveryPark Chief Impact Officer Anna Kohn visits Art and Design to discuss her story and involvement with the organization.

So many carrots, so little time... Enjoy these rainbow beauties, chefs!!😍🐰🥕🌱
07/17/2018

So many carrots, so little time... Enjoy these rainbow beauties, chefs!!😍🐰🥕🌱

It’s an exciting day for the team - we’re moving one of our hardest-working associates into PERMANENT HOUSING just a...
07/06/2018

It’s an exciting day for the team - we’re moving one of our hardest-working associates into PERMANENT HOUSING just as he celebrates 2 years CLEAN AND SERENE! 🏠🌱

Benvenuto, SheWolf Pastificio & Bar! The most anticipated restaurant opening of 2018 happens TONIGHT! We’re excited an...
06/29/2018

Benvenuto, SheWolf Pastificio & Bar! The most anticipated restaurant opening of 2018 happens TONIGHT! We’re excited and proud of our dear friend Chef Anthony Lombardo and we can’t WAIT to taste the inspired dishes and sauces you create out of our beloved mixed cherry tomatoes! So much love to the SheWolf team and best of luck!! 😍🇮🇹🍅🌱

LOCAL SHOPPERS!! You asked and we answered - our produce is now available to THE PUBLIC at Western Market in Ferndale, M...
06/29/2018

LOCAL SHOPPERS!! You asked and we answered - our produce is now available to THE PUBLIC at Western Market in Ferndale, MI! Beets, blossoms, and tomatoes on deck - stock up for the weekend! We’re so excited to share the fruits of our labor with you in the retail market! 🍅🌱🍅🌱

We love watching our farmers fall in love with their work. Make sure you’re stocked up for the weekend! Call your Del ...
06/28/2018

We love watching our farmers fall in love with their work. Make sure you’re stocked up for the weekend! Call your Del Bene rep to grab a few cases of these mixed cherry tomatoes! 🌎🍅🌱

harvesting some red beauties this morning 😍 don’t forget - our stunning mixed cherry tomatoes (which include our ye...
06/27/2018

harvesting some red beauties this morning 😍 don’t forget - our stunning mixed cherry tomatoes (which include our yellow and orange varieties, too!) available now through Del Bene Produce in Eastern Market! Did we mention how excited we are to see these hit a RecoveryPark Pizza 🍕 again this summer at @popsforitalian?!? 🍅😍🌱

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06/27/2018

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Rise and shine, breakfast radishes! Our mixed radishes are one of our hottest sellers 🔥🌱 purchase yours today from Del Bene Produce in Eastern Market! Call them to pre-order at (313) 567-4658 .
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Rise and shine, breakfast radishes! Our mixed radishes are one of our hottest sellers 🔥🌱 purchase yours today from...
06/26/2018

Rise and shine, breakfast radishes! Our mixed radishes are one of our hottest sellers 🔥🌱 purchase yours today from Del Bene Produce in Eastern Market! Call them to pre-order at (313) 567-4658 .
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From start to finish, our squash blossoms transform any dish! Peek inside high tunnel 1 and you’ll find Andre harvesti...
06/21/2018

From start to finish, our squash blossoms transform any dish! Peek inside high tunnel 1 and you’ll find Andre harvesting these beauties with a sharp eye for quality. Swipe for this classic #tbt shot from @chefbrandonzarb at @publichouse_ferndale as an example of the final product! Chefs, make sure to order yours today from Del Bene Produce in Eastern Market. 😍🌼🌱
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“Include returning citizens and people with other barriers as part of your leadership and decision-making team. Listen...
06/17/2018
Employing ex-prisoners is a win-win for Michigan

“Include returning citizens and people with other barriers as part of your leadership and decision-making team. Listening is not enough. Allow the people with barriers to enable your corporate team to become better at understanding the challenges and how to overcome them.”

Always proud of our President and CEO, Gary Wozniak!

Returning citizens are hard working and loyal. They just need an opportunity and help overcoming barriers like lack of transportation.

the incredible edible squash blossom!❣️😍🌼 stuff ‘em, fry ‘em, chiffonade ‘em! Chefs, pick some up today ...
06/14/2018

the incredible edible squash blossom!❣️😍🌼 stuff ‘em, fry ‘em, chiffonade ‘em! Chefs, pick some up today from Del Bene Produce to add some summer sweetness to your menu! 🌱

06/11/2018
Bloomfield Community Television

Proud of our fearless leader, Gary Wozniak and grateful to our friend John Sauve for a terrific spotlight on RecoveryPark! Haven't heard Gary's story? Watch this!

Gary Wozniak of RecoveryPark sits down for Part 1 in a set of interviews with Host John Sauve on an all-new Art and Design.

Movement Electronic Music Festival may be over, but that doesn’t stop the #beet here at RecoveryPark! Chefs, these bea...
05/31/2018

Movement Electronic Music Festival may be over, but that doesn’t stop the #beet here at RecoveryPark! Chefs, these beautiful striped beets are one of our most popular items - order some today from Del Bene Produce in Eastern Market! 🥁🌱

Ohhh SNAP!dragon! Look who’s joining our beautiful edible blossom portfolio!! 😍🐉🌱
05/29/2018

Ohhh SNAP!dragon! Look who’s joining our beautiful edible blossom portfolio!! 😍🐉🌱

It's been a long time comin' but we have officially updated our Product List on the RecoveryPark Farms website! You'll b...
05/16/2018
RecoveryPark Farms Our Products

It's been a long time comin' but we have officially updated our Product List on the RecoveryPark Farms website! You'll be able to see everything we're growing, quantities available, plus seasonal availability. Order through Delbene Produce.

View all of our fresh current in-season and upcoming product offerings.

The amazing babes babes babes from Bon Bon Bon totally outdid themselves showcasing our gorgeous blossoms!!! Here’s to...
05/14/2018

The amazing babes babes babes from Bon Bon Bon totally outdid themselves showcasing our gorgeous blossoms!!! Here’s to chocolates, blooms, and this incredible foodie community. Thanks BBB!!! 😍🌱

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5470 Chene St
Detroit, MI
48211

Opening Hours

Monday 09:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 17:00
Thursday 09:00 - 17:00
Friday 09:00 - 17:00

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(313) 277-9900

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