Adolph H. Meyer purchased, in 1951, the 160 acre Bassett family farm. The farm was originally purchased by the Bassetts from the federal government in 1831. To Mr. Meyer it was a reflection of "the early pioneer days of our country" and "some evidence of the historical features and assets which Michigan is noted for - namely the abundance and quality of its natural resources...which are disappearing". The restoration plan and educational opportunities for the site which Mr. Meyer fostered were based on the belief that "new buildings or ideas will never replace the essential and proven prime need for a farm - food and the natural environment."
The Americana Foundation, in collaboration with Michigan State University, seeks to establish Tollgate Farm as an education and learning center for food, sustainable agriculture, and natural resource stewardship for Southeast Michigan
Programs for Grant Consideration
1. The foundation supports the development of Tollgate Farm as an educational and learning center for sustainable agriculture and natural resources stewardship through its continued operation as a working farm.
2. The foundation maintains a strategic planning and implementation partnership with MSUE.
3. The foundation collaborates with MSU and Land Management to attract resources that provide high quality programming for adults and children throughout the year.
4. The foundation supports sustainable, innovative educational, research and outreach demonstration programs on site.
This page last updated on 12/7/2015.