About This Listing
Knuckle Head Farm (check us out on (website hidden)) is a working urban farm located along the Brightmoor Farmway in Detroit, MI, USA. If you are looking for a perfectly decorated and organized place don't visit us. There is always lots of activity in our household; kids, neighbors, animals, gardens, harvesting, cooking, crafts and remodeling. Your bedroom is very private and separated from the rest of the house. From your bedroom window and the breakfast table you can enjoy a view on the 3 acre backyard located on the Rouge River floodplain. You are welcome to play or help milk our Saanen goats, Stevie and Georgia and Macy, pet the rabbits, watch the bees, feed the chickens, throw sticks with Zak and Lucy, our (BIG) dogs, enjoy fresh eggs from our own chickens for breakfast and just roam around and enjoy the peace of nature. The bedroom is large with a queen sized bed, a sitting area and a desk and has a small private bathroom. There is internet access, lots of books and board games.
Brightmoor is a blighted, impoverished area in Detroit, but the Brightmoor Farmway community through their community organization Neighbors Building Brightmoor (check us on (website hidden)), is modeling a sustainable way of turning a community around.
As of the summer of 2012, we have created 50 market- community- and family gardens, wild flower patches, pocket parks and communal pumpkin and potato patches, all in a 20 block area. You can walk or bike and visit all the beautiful outdoor spaces, talk to the friendly neighbors and learn about growing organic vegetables,water management, perma culture, animal husbandry and community organizing. There is a one mile trail along the river into the 180 acre Eliza Howell Park, again created by the community, where you may see deer, raccoon, fox and dozens of species of birds. Detroit has a wonderful art museum and Greenfield village and the Henry Ford museum are close by.We are conveniently located close to highways, 20 minutes from downtown and the airport and we will provide transportation from bus or train stations, or airport and to downtown Detroit for a small fee. The Detroit bus system is pretty dismal, but the bus at the end of street does go downtown. You are welcome to borrow bikes from us. Breakfast is served in different locations; when it is warm enough on the sun porch, if it is really cold next to the wood stove in the living room or in our kitchen/dining room. Where ever it is served, you have a lovely view on the farm. This winter we installed a rocket mass heater between our kitchen and the sun room and that is a lovely place to hang out at all times.
The guests have the run of the downstairs of the house and the yard. They can use the kitchen for cooking.
Interaction with Guests
From April 24 to May 28, Mark and RIet will be out of the country, but you will be expertly hosted by Brittany.
We let our guests determine the amount of interacting they want from us. It does not offend us if they want their privacy and are not interested in hanging out. On the other hand we are a household where there always people around and there are always conversations around the dinner table or while I am cooking. We also host Woofers and often have neighborhood meetings at our house, so there are always folks and we love it.
As we said before, Brightmoor is one of the poorest neighborhoods in the city. Anywhere from 30-70% of the lots are vacant which we in our corner of Brightmoor have put to use and created many garden etc. We have very active neighborhood organizations and are have cutting edge strategies for dealing with blight, community planning and greenspace development.
As I said before, the bus system is dismal, however there is a bus stop within 100 yards of our house which will take you downtown. The Farmway is fun to walk or bike. That way you get to meet some of the farmers and enjoy the beauty. We are very close to all the highways which shoots you to both downtown and the airport within 20 minutes.
Other Things to Note
Your room is isolated from the rest of the house, but we are a farm and that could means activity as early as 6.30 am. we try to be quiet, but cannot guarantee that we would not wake an light sleeper.
We are very informal, guests have the run of the farm and use of the kitchen if so desired. Please let us know your dietary restrictions, likes or dislikes when reserving your room. We will cook breakfast if so desired or you can cook your own with the ingredients at hand in our kitchen. If you want to eat after 9 am, you might have to cook for yourself if Riet's schedule is hectic that day.
Check in time: 3 pm
Check out time 12 noon
We ask that you do not smoke in the house.
The description of the place was a good introduction and there's plenty to discover by simply being there. Tucked away and unexpected for anyone unfamiliar to the location, it's a very interesting place nestled in Detroit. A good night's rest assured.
Staying at Knuckle Head Farm, even only for a night was a very nice and welcoming experience. The people at the farm greeting us especially Britt were super friendly and accommodating. booking answering questions and check-in was completely uncomplicated. the area is great. we were woken up with a delicious organic breakfast with all ingredients grown at the farm. very friendly, highly recommendable.
We had a great time. Taylor was there to greet us along with the dogs and goats. Our room was very comfortable and cool for the hot day that Saturday turned out to be. Our breakfast, served by the lovely Britne, was superb! The area is certainly not your typical vacation spot but we were very interested in what Detroit is doing to revitalize there city & Brightmoor Farmway fit the bill.
Blessings sister Riet,
We enjoyed our stay at the farm and look forward to retreating with you again! The space was pleasant and quiet, just what we needed and while the dogs were challenging at first, your staff worked to achieve a good compromise.
Peace and blessings to your staff,
Rev. Mama Sandra
PS: The spiritual artwork is wonderful! I especially loved the calligraphy of the name Jesus and the WONDERFUL, POWERFUL "Spirit" pen and ink drawing next to the bed! Wow! I so look forward to discussing it with your husband, who I understand is the brilliant artist who created it. I have a testimony to share about seeing those images in Ghana. I sketched pictures of the images in my journal at the time and I was so moved to See the rendering by another hand, but the same loving spirit! Amazing!
The host was away on vacation during our stay but the exchange 'WOOFER' and farm hands who filled in gave us a warm welcome and and interesting insights into the community, farm life and lifestyle. The venue had a retreat like feel to it and included an awesome breakfast. It was the perfect start to our vacation and my one year leave of absence. We were thrilled to be able to purchase some farm fresh products as well. We would definitely go out of our way to stay here again.
I stayed at Knucklehead Farm this past weekend with my husband and 2 year old daughter. The space is welcoming and feels like home. Riet wasn't there, but Britt made a great host. We milked goats, and ate a great breakfast made with goat milk and cheese, eggs from the chickens, and produce grown there. I recommend Knucklehead to anyone who wants to be inspired by the urban agriculture movement, or wants to stay in the city but feel like you're getting away.
My stay at the farm was really fun and comfortable. The bedroom and bath were very clean and stylish and comfortable. Working in my room was so easy with the spacious desk and really good wi-fi connection. Being around the animals was perfect for me because I love them all. I love the location and the neighborhood and it really fit well with my gardening hobbies I have at home.
About the Host, Riet
Hostess Riet is Dutch by birth and has Dutch hospitality bred into her genes. She loves gardening, kids (see fb page Brightmoor Youth Garden), her neighborhood (see fb page Neighbors Building Brightmoor)and the love of her life, her husband of 32 years. If she ever has time again she wants to resume her spinning , knitting and other needle crafts. Her husband Mark is a mechanical engineer with a surprisingly poetic and artistic streak. He is a very proficient pencil drawing artist (http://(email hidden)/ ),a great woodworker and all laround handyman who loves his goats and other animals. Together they have 6 kids, 2 of whom are still at home.
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