Getting to the root of healthy living, economic sustainability and community growth
About Us

Neighborhood Building Urban Gardens (B.U.G.) is a non-profit organization that provides Detroit residents with high quality, organic and locally grown produce to promote sustainable healthy living.  This is done by combining urban farming, job development, and community involvement to provide fresh produce, job opportunities and leadership to Detroit residents. 
Orlando Thorpe - Founder/CEO

A native Detroiter, Orlando Thorpe is the Founder/ CEO of Henry-Ross Enterprise LLC, focusing on botany, plant propagation, plant germination and tissue culture. He has obtained State of Michigan licenses both as an Asbestos Contractor and Lead Contractor/Supervisor, along with an OSHA 30hr card (workplace safety) and 40hr HAZWOPER certificate (hazardous waste remediation). During these experiences, his eyes were opened to the need for policy solutions related to the problem of illegal dumping, as well as access to healthy food. With his horticulture background, passion to help others, and desire to make a change in his community, Orlando founded Neighborhood Building Urban Gardens (BUG) which combines farming, job development and community involvement. His vision is to motivate African American men through innovative indoor/outdoor growing methods such as aquaponics, hydroponics, and including beekeeping, composting and vermicomposting to provide food security, entrepreneurship and community sustainability.

Neighborhood B.U.G. ~14616 Monica ~ P. O. Box 38890 ~ Detroit, MI 48238 ~ (313) 478-0220 ~ E-mail ~ Neighborhood Building Urban Gardens © 2019. All rights reserved.
Jessica Patton - Founder/President 

Jessica also a native Detroiter responsibilities include program and curriculum development; marketing; fundraising; and the administrative duties. She is also the Program and IT Manager with Green Door Initiative , a workforce development program with an environmental focus. She has a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Eastern Michigan University and an MIS (Master of Computer Information Systems) from the University of Phoenix. She has also volunteered with: Village Health Worker’s, a program that promotes the advancement of healthy communities; Community Action Against Asthma, a collaboration between scholastic organizations, health agencies, and community-based organizations; and the Detroit Black Community Food Security Network which addresses food insecurity and facilitates community members playing a more active leadership role in the local food security movement.