Tollgate Farm - Novi, MI
Tollgate Farm - Novi, MI
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Our Mission: The Americana Foundation supports the sustainable development of agriculture and community food systems, the protection of natural resources, and the conservation of early American heritage.

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The Next Generation of the Adolph and Ginger Meyer Family Selects The Henry Ford, For Love of Water, and the I-Collective as Grant Recipients

From May 2020 through August 2021, five “next generation” members of Americana’s founding family participated in a program that introduced them to Americana’s mission, program areas, trustees, and staff. The Next Gen cohort included Jessie Harper, Kyle Harper, Ashley Thomas, Jennifer Thomas, and Nathan Thomas, all of whom are great-grandchildren of More Articles...

New Documentary Film and Educational Series Celebrate Michigan

In August 2021, Americana awarded a grant to the Crooked Tree Arts Center in Petoskey/Traverse City to support the production of a television documentary and educational classroom series that explores and celebrates the history, traditions, culture, and natural resources of Michigan. The sixty-minute documentary film entitled Michigan: An American Portrait explores More Articles...

Diplomatic Reception Rooms at U.S. Department of State use Decorative Arts to Increase Understanding of Early American History

Decades ago, furniture and decorative arts contributed by Americana’s founders, Adolph and Ginger Meyer, served as a key part of the historic redecoration of the Diplomatic Reception Rooms in the Harry S. Truman Building in Washington DC that houses the U.S. Department of State. The Meyers contributed to the project to More Articles...

New WDET series, "Rooted," highlights the work of land tenders and community healers in Detroit

In February 2021, Americana awarded a grant to support the launch of a new series on WDET titled “Rooted.” WDET launched the series in large part due to the realization over the past year that everything is much more connected than we might believe. The series will consist of stories hosted More Articles...

Old Sturbridge Village Offers "Journey Through Food" Program to Connect Middle School Students to the Source and Value of Food

Old Sturbridge Village is an outdoor living history museum located in Sturbridge, Massachusetts. For 75 years, the Village has depicted life in a rural New England town during the period of 1790 to 1840. The Village features historic buildings, collections of Americana, costumed historians, and programs in agriculture, horticulture, households and More Articles...

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...