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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Restoring the Great Clock at Thomas Jefferson's Monticello

The Great Clock at Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello in Charlottesville, Virginia is one of Monticello’s most familiar and celebrated objects. The clock was built to Thomas Jefferson’s specifications and has remained in the Hall at Monticello since 1804. “It is a rare survivor and an original artifact,” explains Gardiner Hallock, Robert H. More Articles...

Edible Flint supports the urban farming community in Flint so that neighbors can access healthy food and reconnect with the land and each other

Edible Flint grew out of efforts to address issues of food insecurity and challenged access to healthy food, increasing rates of health problems resulting from inadequate nutrition, and increasing amounts of abandoned property and vacant land in Flint, Michigan. It was created by early partners like the Ruth Mott Foundation, the More Articles...

Have you ever been to Hessel, Michigan?

Hessel, Michigan is an unincorporated village in the eastern end of the Upper Peninsula. Known for its great fishing, antique boat show, and annual Aldo Leopold Festival, its “up North” character and location near the Les Cheneaux Islands makes it a wonderful spot for summer travelers. A key feature of the village More Articles...

Asbury Farms Connects Neighbors While Producing Fresh Local Food for its Flint Community

Asbury Farms (Flint, MI) works to strengthen its neighborhood by transforming blighted and underused land into community gardens and supporting local residents interested in growing fresh food or earning a living from food production.  The idea for Asbury Farms arose out of the strategic decision of the leaders at Asbury Community Development More Articles...

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 Articles...

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 Articles...

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 Articles...