Hopeful messages rock Farmington and Farmington Hills

A nation-wide movement that has thousands of people painting and hiding rocks found its way this year to Farmington and Farmington Hills.

Faith Dew painted rocks
Faith Dew painted the hid these rocks in local parks and around the Greater Farmington Founders Festival. (Facebook group photo)

The goal of the Kindness Rocks Project is to share kindness and joy through positive messages meant to brighten someone else’s day. In a Youtube.com video, founder Megan Murphy explains how conversations with her late parents inspired her to drop the painted rocks on beaches near her Cape Cod, Massachusetts home.

Jon Aldred for Farmington Hills City Council
Halloween rock
This Halloween themed rock was spotted this month in downtown Farmington.

Farmington Hills resident Faith Dew started a local Facebook group, Farmington/Hills Rocks, after seeing similar groups in other communities. More than 400 members now share stories and photos of the rocks they hide and find.

“I added all my friends, and from there it just kind of grew like crazy,” she said.

Harvest Moon rock
This “thank you” rock appeared in Riley Park following the Harvest Moon celebration.

Dew said she has painted about 200 rocks since July. Some of her rocks have been found as far north as Tawas, and someone recently picked up one she left in downtown Farmington. Often, families work together on the hobby. Dew’s 3-year-old granddaughter loves to hide rocks with her.

Becky Burns, co-owner of Sunflour Bakehaus in downtown Farmington, said they’ve seen 50 to 100 different rocks left on the windowsill, in planters and landscaping in front of the store. 

“They’ve been popping up outside the bakery since Art on the Grand last year,” she said.

The artwork only has to be kind and encouraging, the rocks don’t have to look pretty. Dew recommends sealing them with ModgePodge or a spray sealer after the paint dries.

There are two smaller Facebook groups, Farmington MI Kindness Rocks and Farmington Area Rocks, which includes neighboring communities. Learn how the movement started at thekindnessrocksproject.com.

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