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Listed below are groups who are a part of our Growing Gardens membership network. Many of these groups offer plots for community members to garden and are a great opportunity to get to know neighbors, learn more about gardening and have access to space for growing that people might not have otherwise. Each garden is set up different and they are not all plot-rental or communal gardens. Please email the garden steward listed under each community garden for more information. Growing Hope doesn't manage these gardens-- we just refer you to the volunteers who do!
Perry / Parkridge Community Garden-
Perry/Parkridge Community Garden is a plot-rental garden and has space for neighborhood residents as well as classes from Perry Child Development Center to adopt or rent plots. In addition to neighborhood plots, through a partnership with Parkridge Community Center (just up the hill from the garden on the other side of Parkridge Park), youth there have the oppportunity to grow and harvest while they help grow healthy food in our neighborhood. The garden steward is Sandy Eyl email@example.com
Midtown Community Garden-
Located on the corner of Congress St. and Normal St. in Ypsilanti, MI. Midtown is a neighborhood garden that uses a plot-rental style. Check out the guidelines and if interested fill out the application. The 2012 garden stewards are Lesley Chace and Peter Rinehart; contact them at (734) 730-2212 or (734) 730-2217; email at firstname.lastname@example.org. The garden application is available here!
Normal Park Community Garden-
Located at 105 N. Mansfield St. in Ypsilanti. This partner garden is a neighborhood garden that uses a plot-rental style and is located behind Ypsilanti Middle School (corner of Mansfield and Congress). Check out the guidelines and if interested fill out the application. The garden steward is Jessica Faul 483-4690 or email@example.com
. The garden application is available here
Recreation Park Community Garden-
Recreation Park Community Garden is a rental garden providing growing space for neighbors in the west side neighborhoods of Ypsilanti. We also devote one plot to the “Plant a Row for the Hungry” program, growing & delivering fresh vegetables to Food Gatherers to supply local food pantries and meal programs. The garden steward is Lisa Bashert; contact her at (734) 483-6420 or firstname.lastname@example.org
. The garden application is available here!
Frog Island Community Garden-
This garden is a work of art, having been built by community residents in 2007 using many creative and reclaimed materials. Plots are available for community members to rent. The garden steward is Michelle Shankwiler, email@example.com. You can reach them on their facebook group here.
West Willow Community Garden-
Located on Tyler Road in front of the West Willow Community Resource Center, this garden, begun in 2008, provides neighborhood growing space in individual and communal plots. It's also the site for a West Willow Summer Garden Nutrition Camp! Contact Angela Barbash for more information.
Lakeshore Apartment Complex-
One of the few apartment communities in Washtenaw County that allows their residents to use every square foot of the community for growing Hope. The Lake Shore Apartments located on Ford Lake formed a community garden with the assistance of Growing Hope in 2010; our community, just like our garden, continues to grow because of the people. Steward is Kat Dickenson firstname.lastname@example.org
Chidester Place Community Garden-
Residents at Chidester Place, on the southside of Ypsi near the UAW & Visteon plant, have been gardening in the ground and raised beds (including wheelchair accessible beds) for five years. The garden has both shared area and individual plots. Plots intended for residents of Chidester Place. Contact Barbara Heyl at 734-483-1664.
The Giving Garden-
The Giving Garden empowers individuals and communities to grow through gardening. Our sustainable campus-community garden provides a place in which people can access fresh food, education, community support, and inspiration to make positive contributions in linking EMU and Ypsi communities and food systems. Visit the Giving Garden on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/thegivinggardenemu
We are hoping to start a sharing garden in our neighborhood to give to the community. We also hope to bring our community closer and share knowledge of gardening and healthy eating. Our boys love to work in our backyard raised bed gardens and absolutely LOVE to eat from it. We would love to share that with the other children around us. It will give them something to take pride in and enjoy all the benefits of eating healthy fruits and vegetables. A beautiful garden will also put the land of the “offline” school to good use. Not only will it make it look better, it will give huge publication to the school board. Contact email@example.com
for more information or to get involved.
New West Willow Neighborhood Association-
West Willow Community Garden “Grow in Hope” is located at 2057 Tyler Rd. in the West Willow subdivision. It covers about ½ of the lot at the Community Resource Center (CRC). It is located in the middle of the subdivision making it equally accessible to all residents. It also has a bus stop near by that attracts residents because of its convenience when returning home in the evening. We hope the shed and picnic area will become a place for residents to gather for fellowship. Residents will see a new and beautiful sign appear at the garden this year! To get involved contact the NWWNA at www.nwwna.org
or just come on out and join the planting in mid April and stay involved into the fall.
Ypsilanti New Tech High School-
Ypsilanti New Tech High School at Ardis is working to build a community garden to be located at their school, 2100 Ellsworth Road. In their ornamental area, 9th graders will participate in the landscape design of a 40’ x 60’ space. They also participate in Ypsilanti Pride Day and clean up flowerbeds. The garden steward for 2012 is Katharine Fisk. Katharine can be reached at 734-714-1514 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Jefferson Street Farm-
The Jefferson Street Farm is a community adventure in cooperative land acquisition and farming. This neighborhood garden is located at 473 W. Jefferson in Ypsilanti. Brand new as of 2012, this operation grows organically to give to neighbors and friends on a 60’ x 105’ plot of land. The 2012 Jefferson Street Farm steward is Natalie Holbrook. Contact Natalie at email@example.com
Home of New Vision-
Home of New Vision maintains a “Plots of Love” 4x4 raised beds at the Growing Hope Center. The Plots of Love program provides fun, safe, sober summer activities for their clients, staff and volunteers, and half of the produce grown from the program goes to donation. The 2012 steward is Chris O’Droski. To learn more about the Home of New Vision’s Plots of love, contact Chris at 734-686-4974 or firstname.lastname@example.org
, or Shannon Ellis at email@example.com
Non-Ypsilanti Area Gardens
Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living-
Breaking soil in the spring of 2010, the Better Together Garden is a brand-new addition to an array of inclusive recreation programming offered on-site at the Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living. As a community garden comprised of mixed-height plots, 14 of which are easily accessible to wheelchair users (12 raised beds and 2 table top), we welcome participants of all abilities, all ages and all gardening skill levels (www.annarborcil.org
Living Stones Community Farm -
Provides organic agriculture training and employment for returning citizens in our county, and healthy vegetables for our community. http://lscfarm.ning.com
Ann Arbor Christian Reformed Church
The Ann Arbor Christian Reformed Church is establishing a Faith and Food garden to actively involve our congregation in a hands-on approach to do God's work feeding the hungry in Washtenaw County. Our garden, designed and constructed by congregational members, is comprised of raised beds surrounded by fencing to keep out our veggie predators. Photos continue to be placed on the church website. www.aacrc.org
Food System and Economic Partnership (FSEP)/Pierce Middle School Garden-
In partnership with Wayne Metro Community Action Agency, the Botsford Health Clinic at Pierce Middle School, and FSEP, this garden is serving the students of Pierce Middle School as a place to get their hands dirty learning about science, biology, seed to fork gardening, and nutrition. Contact Jen Rusciano for more information: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Mustard Seed Community Garden-
The Mustard Seed Community Garden is located on the northwest corner of Platt and Bemis Roads in Saline. An outreach of Phoenix-Metro Community Church, this sharing garden encourages community and provides food to our members and our neighbors in need. Visitors and volunteers are always welcome. To find out more information, contact Colette Szabo, the garden coordinator, at (810) 730-9708 or email@example.com.
Zion Luthuran Faith and Food Garden-
Zion constructed its 50' x 50' in the spring of 2012, as part of the larger community's Faith and Food garden programs. 100% of our produce will be donated to Food Gatheres for distribution to people in need. Our garden is fenced, uses raised beds, and relies on the volunteer energies of Zion's members, young and old. Zion is please to be working with Growing Hope, the Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice, and Food Gatherers in our efforts. Zion is a Growing Gardens sponsor for the Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living.
Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living-
The Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living's 'Better Together' community garden is Washtenaw County's only completely free, organic, fully accessible and fully inclusive community garden! Our garden features 14 wheelchair accessible beds; a wheelchair accessible tool shed; 4 ground beds, and a cold box. Our space is situated so that community members, regardless of income or ability level, can come together and garden as peers. Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living's Growing Gardens membership is sponsored by Zion Lutheran.
Gretchen's House Child Care Center-
Gretchen’s House Child Care Centers’ community garden is located at 1745 W. Stadium Blvd in Ann Arbor. The 2012 steward is Nan Mastie. To learn more about this garden, contact Nan and firstname.lastname@example.org
Amazing Grace is an on-the street ministry helping the homeless. They are located at 3025 N. Prospect, Superior Township. The 2012 garden steward is Cheryl Lawrence. Contact Cheryl at 615-300-6618 or by email at email@example.com
While not a part of Growing Hope, Project Grow Community Gardens i
s a long-time Ann Arbor-based organization offering plot rental gardens. If you're in Ann Arbor, check out if any are near you.
Growing Hope has partnered in the development of over 60 community & school gardens throughout Washtenaw County and we are excited to help start even more! Get in touch if you'd like to learn about how to start a community garden through our Garden Leadership Training.
Many area gardens fall into more than one of these categories:
Neighborhood gardens: Often what people think of as a "traditional" community garden, neighbors often rent or adopt plots-- sometimes for a fee-- most often to grow healthy fruits & veggies.
Learning gardens: When a garden's primary goal is education, whether in a school setting, to encourage intergenerational learning, or to share job skills.
Sharing gardens: While all of our partner gardens that grow veggies/fruits participate in Plant A Row for the Hungry, some gardens' primary purpose is growing food for donation to neighbors in need. Whether to donate to Food Gatherers or distributing directly to neighbors, sharing the harvest helps to increase our community's food security.
Market gardens: When we connect gardening with entrepreneurship-- whether to sell our harvests at farmers' markets, or turn them into a value-added product (think salsa from tomatoes), we become market gardeners. What better than local, green, garden-based business that also feed and beautify our communities?
Healing gardens: Also called horticultural therapy, this type of garden is intent on healing mind and body.