Growing food together can transform us.

Growing Pontiac believes that all people deserve healthy, nutritious food and beautiful, safe neighborhoods. We’ve been helping Pontiac gardeners start growing their own herbs, flowers, fruit, and vegetables since 2015! Have you considered starting a garden but aren’t sure where to begin? Do you need seeds, soil, plants, and other essential support? We can help.

From a bucket tomato plant to a community garden, you have the power to transform your community and plate with a single seed.

Investigating our food values, connecting with our neighbors.

Growing food provides so many opportunities: for exercise, for play, for friendship. When we garden we share advice and produce. We can cultivate flavors we remember from our childhood, connect to the land, and put our hands in the soil. Curiosity is rewarded and we can surround ourselves with beauty. Growing food gives us a feeling of accomplishment, security and community power. We believe anyone can connect with a garden.

To garden successfully, we all need support and supplies! We are working to provide a network of gardening resources, and make it bigger every year.

You Can Help Us Support A Garden On Every Block

Help us make a bigger impact

We’re a nonprofit that relies on your donations to help make Pontiac a better place to live and eat. Through sustainable gardening, we can grow fresh food choices, and provide support for new gardens in the city. If everyone reading this donated $5, we could achieve our goals for years. Please join us!

For a mail-in donation, please send it to
Growing Pontiac, 119 Oliver St Pontiac MI 48342

Visit Paddock Farm

Paddock Farm is a demonstration raised bed garden at 361 S. Paddock St. 

Visitors are welcome any time (if you come early in the morning, you might see some deer) and can park in the Habitat for Humanity parking lot across the street. Check out our class and event calendar for our Open Garden Day volunteer schedule.

What began as an annual vegetable teaching garden is being transformed in 2021 into an urban community u-pick that focuses on perennial fruit production, like strawberries, raspberries and rhubarb.

Support Your Local Garden by Volunteering

Help us make a bigger impact by volunteering

We’re a nonprofit that relies on your donations to help make Pontiac a better place to live and eat. But sometimes that’s not possible – we understand that. If you’re interested in helping, consider donating your time to our cause and being a volunteer! Help us to get the word out, or teach someone your knowledge on gardening, or in any way you can.

It's more than a garden

It's a learning experience.

Growing Pontiac came together when a group of Pontiac gardeners met in a church basement to try and solve a groundhog problem! While our non-profit status was approved in May of 2019, Growing Pontiac was founded in 2015 by Jill Robinson, a member of the Oakland County Treasurer’s Office who was dedicated to providing opportunities for local agricultural land use of county-owned lots in the City of Pontiac. Transformative land use by Pontiac residents is at the root of our work.

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