Tollgate Farm - Novi, MI
Tollgate Farm - Novi, MI
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Our Mission: The Americana Foundation supports educational and advocacy programs that address the sustainable growth and development of American agriculture and community food systems, the conservation and preservation of our natural resources, and the protection and presentation of expressions of America’s heritage.

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Building the Conservation Field while Preserving Expressions of Cultural Heritage

Photo 1: This table had been held in storage at the Dearborn Historical Museum for many years because of its condition.
The work of restoring historical furniture, buildings, and other items is often detailed and meticulous. Conservators must recognize materials, construction techniques, and surface preparations used in a historical object and then use specialized tools – often small tools like those a dentist uses – and sometimes chemical treatments to uncover the more...

Program Focus: Growing Hope promotes access to fresh, healthy food for the community and earns mission-aligned revenues

Growing Hope (Ypsilanti, MI) launched in 2003 with a mission of setting up and supporting school and community gardens. Today, its activities are much broader – producing organic vegetables and flowers at its one-acre urban education and demonstration farm, operating two farmers markets, one of which is a year-round market hosted more...

Americana partnership with Michigan State University endures for more than 30 years

People often ask Americana staff and trustees about the partnership that exists between the Foundation and MSU Tollgate Farm and Education Center. In 1987, the Foundation’s founders - Adolph and Ginger Meyer – gave Michigan State University 60 acres of their beloved Tollgate Farm located within the city limits of Novi, more...