The Edible Hut is a community gathering space in Calimera Park on the eastside of Detroit with a living, edible roof and oculus to the sky. The Edible Hut combines elements of a traditional hut, an outdoor sculpture, a neighborhood garage and an edible garden. The roof is a garden of edible perennial plants such as sage, thyme, lavender and oregano. The inside of the space incorporates peaceful colors to create an enchanting space for gathering, rest and pleasure.
The structure is situated to complement the Memory Field and the Nsoroma garden, unifying and activating the park. The Edible Hut offers a location for community activities – to find shade while gardening, serve summer lunches, hold outdoor classes, sell vegetables from the garden and come together for meals, meetings, music and shared activities.
Creating the hut is a collaborative process that includes a team of artists, architects, community members, youth from the neighborhood, and teachers and students from the Nsoroma Institute and Osborn High School. The Edible Hut team is facilitated by artists Mira Burack and Kate Daughdrill, who are collaborating with Charlie O’Geen and Tadd Heidgerken on the drafting, engineering, construction and architectural design of the space. We are excited about how the process of working together with the Osborn community is activating the park, building relationships and bringing people together.
THANK YOU TO THE OSBORN COMMUNITY AND OUR PARTNERS FOR THE INCREDIBLE SUPPORT AND VISION - Osborn Neighborhood Alliance, C+PAD, College for Creative Studies, Skillman Foundation, The Kresge Foundation, Chase Bank, Greenbrier Community Council, Pulaski Community Council, Federal Pipe and Supply, the Nsoroma Institute, Live Roof, Power House Productions, City Wide Construction, Inc., Eastern Michigan Distributors, Lowe’s, Detroit Farm and Garden, Model D, Vince Carducci, Phreddy Wischusen, Phil Cooley, Jamie Solock, Vanessa Miller, Mary Eddy, Marc Schwartz, Friends of Calimera Park, the Edible Hut Core Youth Team, Tikeya George, Imel Battle, Jason and Levi Janusch, James Hines and all the neighbors who are involved in making the Edible Hut a lively space in Calimera Park.