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March 25, 2011

The Ypsi Garden Fair and MORE

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An event for the Freighthouse: KNOW HOW – People, Ideas, Products, Education

The Ypsi Garden Fair strives to foster green, sustainable connections within the community, we feel that by bringing together ideas, products and knowledge, we can create these connections.

“Our hope is to make it easier for everyone  to have access to fresh food and a healthy lifestyle”

The Ypsi Garden Fair is a 3 day event April 1-3 This event is FREE and open to the public. Donations made to FOYF are encouraged.

  • Workshops, lectures and instructional – hands on activities are scheduled throughout the weekend for children and adults!
  • Workshops include beekeeping, urban chickens, mycology, front yard gardens, antiques and salvage in the garden, soaps and oils, herb gardening, loom weaving, cloning plants, the history of the  Michigan central gardens (James Mann), intensive small plot gardening, raised beds, and more to be added.
  • Children will enjoy art projects, learning gardens, hands on activities, games and more!
  • Focus on local, green, sustainable,  awareness,  and community .
  • It is more than an event , it is a movement.
  • A movement of people who want there to be easier access to fresh food and a healthy lifestyle for everyone.
  • A general garden information booth with Master Gardeners will be open to the public, FREE and open throughout the fair!
  • Live music during the fair from local “wandering” musicians.
  • Live art demonstrations from local artists.
  • All monies raised will be used to help get the Freighthouse back open.
  • This is a volunteer run event:
    • Volunteers, vendors, gardeners, landscapers, artists, musicians and green thinkers still needed!

Event Information

Friday, April 1 through Sunday April 3th 2011

Friday April 1st
Garden Tea Party 3pm-7pm FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

Costume and “Garden Tea Party” encouraged but not required!  Feel free to come dressed to garden.

The garden fair “Tea in the Garden” Tea Party is sure to delight any age! The Depot Town Rag’s – Tom Dodd as master of ceremonies. Musical Talents;  Opera on Tap and Martin Simmons.

Saturday, April 2nd
11am-6pm regular fair hours

7pm YGF  ”Freight Rock”   music art and fun (for the grown ups)
Live music and art! Perhaps even an “art battle” Hostess for the evening none other than Ypsi Girl.


Sunday, April 3rd

11 am-6pm regular fair hours


The Ypsilanti Freighthouse, a landmark building that was part of the Michigan Central Railroad Complex in Depot Town, played a vital role in the growth and development of Ypsilanti and Southeastern Michigan in the 1800s. The building is currently being revitalized as the heart of the Ypsilanti community in the 21st Century.

Held in trust by the Friends of the Ypsilanti Freighthouse (FOYF), after restoration, the Ypsilanti Freighthouse will be available for public and private functions, exhibits, auctions, classes, performances, and civic uses.  It will also be the
operational base of the year ’round Ypsilanti Farmers’ Market.

Remember the Freighthouse!
We need to raise $25,000 from the Ypsilanti community by April 1 to provide the match required by the terms of a challenge grant from the Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation.

In order to secure this funding we must show that we are up to the challenge, and April 1 is only a few short weeks away.
Using our website, you can donate immediately using a credit card.  You may also pledge on a monthly basis. The Friends of the Ypsilanti Freighthouse is a 501(c)(3) organization.  Your donations are completely tax deductible.

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One Comment

  1. And we’re still searching for a few more volunteers! There may even be a bit more room for some display gardens and landscapes all you green connections out there!

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