About the Conference Location

Taking Root will be held at the

Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center

in the heart of Downtown Detroit, Michigan

Why Detroit?

For many, it would be easy to see the more than 60,000 vacant lots scattered across Detroit and wonder how can this city be saved? However, if you look closer, you will see hundreds of residents are “Taking Root,” revitalizing their neighborhoods and building communities through urban agriculture. They are providing access to fresh fruits and vegetables to their family, friends and neighbors in a city that is frequently referred to as a food desert. The citizens of Detroit are embracing the local food movement and ensuring a just, equitable food system for all through the creation of beginning farmer classes, gardening workshops, farm to institution programs and education opportunities.

As the second most agriculturally diverse state in the nation, Michigan is in the perfect position to root itself in the local food movement. Using innovative season extension techniques and growing in passive solar hoop-houses, Michigan farmers are able to provide local food year-round. From great wine trails up and down the state to microbrews you can’t live without, Michigan’s ag tourism goes way beyond a trip to the apple orchard. We hope you enjoy your stay in this beautiful state and are able to soak in all that is pure Michigan.

Directions and Transportation

Go to the transportation and directions page to learn about the closest airport, how to get to the conference, and transportation around town.


Discounted rooms are available at the Marriott for $115/night. Read more about our hotel discount rate and additional lodging options on the Lodging page.

Things to do in Detroit

We have compiled information about various sites and activities to do around town in your free time.  Go to the sightseeing information.

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