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.
We had such a unique opportunity to be able to stay at Knuckle Head Farm for 2.5 weeks. I was in training most of the time, but my family (partner and two children under 6) remained at the farm while I was away. They loved it and the space was perfect for us, and the children loved the farm, the yard, the people, the animals, and the playground a few blocks away.
It felt so good to be there. It was an honor to meet Riet and Mark
Nothing short of perfect for me and my family. I was in Detroit for training for 2.5 weeks and my family came with me. I have two little children and my spouse and children felt very at ease and at home with the community of this farm. Needless to say both my kids were sad to leave. Thanks for being so awesome and accommodating
The Knuckle Head Farm was a wonderful place to stay. We loved waking up and having breakfast ready. Also our children 1 and 3 loved seeing the goats being milked. The dogs were very friendly and the kids are still talking about Lucy dog. They have a beautiful yard and garden there. The bunnies and chickens were also big attractions for the children. There was parking available by the house. The room is spacious with a lot of great books to read. There is a bathroom to use next to the room and the kitchen is nearby as well. We appreciate their efforts to conserve energy, compost, and help the community in which they live. I recommend it to anyone looking for a convenient and inexpensive place to stay in Detroit. We definitely felt comfortable there and hope to stay there again in the future.
We loved staying at Knuckle Head Farm. What a unique experience, complete with a delicious breakfast, 2 friendly dogs, 4 goats, and 2 rabbits. The room was spotless and comfortable. The location is about 20 minutes from downtown Detroit by car.
My experience was beyond amazing! The spacious bedroom was right off the kitchen and the bathroom is right off the entrance to the bedroom. The rooms were clean and comfortable and quiet. It was such a treat to have Reit serve a gluten free breakfast daily. The breakfast was prepared using organic food from the farm such as an omelet, fresh fruit, & goats milk yogurt. I wish I would of had more time to spend here. I would highly recommend a stay at Knucklehead Farms.
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 ((website 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.