Historic Barns Park
Theories into Stories

Practicing What We Teach

Historic Barns Park is a 56-acre parcel within the Grand Traverse Commons in Traverse City and is being redeveloped into a one-of-a-kind regional hub for public recreation, community events, agriculture, horticulture, and environmental design. Owned by a municipal Recreational Authority, three nonprofit partners help manage the landscape and events: SEEDS Ecology & Education Centers, the Botanic Gardens at Historic Barns Park, and the Traverse City Community Garden.

Barton Kirk
Pete Munoz
Ed Bailey
Joey DiFranco

As a management partner of this public park, SEEDS Ecology & Education Centers' mission comes alive in all its facets. We operate out of the old Blacksmith Shop and engage with the landscape to practice small scale farming, energy education, and carbon drawdown solutions that the public can visit. SEEDS school programs host field trips, EcoCorps crew members help with improvement projects, and Energy & Environment concepts are shared through exhibits, tours, and demonstrations.


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Energy Efficiency at the Park

The SEEDS Farm

Future Plans

Global Warming Solutions at the Park

SEEDS installed and is piloting new solar-powered pathway lighting at Historic Barns Park carefully designed to be Dark Sky Compliant.  The historic farmland in Historic Barns Park is being cultivated for food again by SEEDS Corpsmembers and by Resident Farm Poesis.  See Project Drawdown Solution #78: Microgrids and Project Drawdown Solution #23: Farmland Restoration

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Conservation & Restoration at the Park

The main workshop of SEEDS EcoCorps is located in the old Blacksmith Shop at Historic Barns Park. Since 2009, we have hired over 500 crew members!

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