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Wardcliff Community Garden
We have about 38+ gardeners at Wardcliff this year and have doubled our gardening area. Recent pics from Marty Chilvers...
Northwind Community Garden
Much is new and fresh at Northwind Community Garden. In April nine trees on the southern border were taken down to allow sun to reach new plots. Brian Hicks underwrote that project as well as the purchase of apple trees to replace them.
With assistance from the Garden Project, fourteen new plots were tilled, nearly doubling our size. Over 40 adults work 32 gardens and over a dozen offspring of those gardeners, from the teens to the twos, are involved at the garden in some fashion. We have approximately 8000 sq feet under cultivation, plus a number of raspberry plants, 4 apple trees, and a variety of raised beds featuring asparagus and herbs and vining plants like squash and cucumbers. Sweet potatoes have been planted in a cold frame on an experimental basis.
We received assistance from the Garden Project through contracted tilling, the delivery of compost and a new shed for our tools. A number of our gardeners signed up with the Garden Project for free plants and seeds. The majority of the plants in the donation plots came from the Garden Project.
We have an additional wheelbarrow, donated by Eric, one of our returning gardeners, and now have a total of three. Pam E. donated a tiller, which has been put to good use. Many tools - shovels, rakes, and hoes - have found their way into our shed. Pam also managed a delivery of horse manure for fertilizer.
Our new sign was painted by Candace M, another returning gardener, based on a design formulated for our tee-shirts last year by Desiree and Aimee. Jim Bignall oversaw the construction of a bean tepee and the boxes around it, with some assistance from me and Michelle Marushia. Michelle, Tim B, and Suzanne have been adding soil and plants to finish the job.
We have a dual hose system now (with water provided by Elfco) so that the front plots and the back plots can be watered simultaneously. We are looking forward to instituting a rain barrel system in the near future.
With our burgeoning organization some tasks have been delegated. Jim Bignall is our treasurer. Desiree Winans has taken charge of dispersing donations from the donation plot. Dawn Parker has agreed to manage the Facebook page.
Unique structures have sprung up in all areas, from Jim B's grapevine bean trellis to the bean tepee to Andrew and Michelle's wattle fence and string ladder for climbing cucumbers, and so on. The gateway arch (which blew down over the winter and again in the spring) has been refurbished and morning glories will be making their way upward soon. Many of the flowers in the boxes beside the arch returned and have been supplemented with other flowers planted by Kevena.
We also have a new mower to put in the new shed, thanks to Jim B and Tim B. And, because of the expanded gardening area, we have a lot less grass to mow.
Okemos International Community Garden (School Garden Addition)
The school garden section garden at Central Cedar Creek Garden consists of 8 raised beds that will focus on growing fresh foods that can be enjoyed by students at Okemos Public Montessori at Central School. It is also an opportunity for students to interact and learn from the many diverse community gardeners from Cedar Creek that also garden there.
A new CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) project in Okemos behind Meijer is looking for subscribers for weekly/monthly produce, or plot renters. Call Will White at 349-3806, or e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org
There are now at least 9 active community gardens or CSA in Meridian Township. Here are a couple inspiring updates from 2010.....
Our gardeners have planted asparagus, arugula, beets, basil, broccoli, chamomile, chard, corn, eggplant, fennel, garlic, - a vegetable for nearly every letter of the alphabet, with zucchini coming out our ears - plus tobacco, Jerusalem artichoke (sun choke), stevia, chamomile, and nearly every herb - summer and winter savory, Greek oregano, Thai basil, fennel, etc.
We are a first year garden and got a great start under the auspices of the Garden Project and Meridian Township, with significant support from the East Lansing Coop. The land was donated by Brian Hicks.
So far we have donated 5 ounces of basil, nearly 10 pounds of lettuce and other greens (chard, spinach, etc), almost 4 pounds of cucumbers and zucchinis, plus a head of broccoli to the Farmer's Market at Edgewood UCC. Proceeds from the sale of this produce will be sent to the Greater Lansing Food Bank at the end of the season.
One of the more gratifying
aspects of working the garden has been meeting the many community
members who stop by and tell us how uplifted they feel to see such a
bounty of growth. We've also received many donations - tomato cages,
fertilizer and top soil, wheelbarrows, a lawn mower, and numerous other
direct and indirect acts of support. Northwind has become a 'people's
garden' by drawing people together in a common effort and by fostering a
spirit of coming more in touch with the earth. - Jim
Coty, Garden Coordinator
Note: Northwind Community Garden also has a Facebook Page with lots of cool pics. Click here This garden is located near 4960 Northwind Drive in East Lansing/Meridian Twp.
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Community gardens are underway all over the
township! Thanks to support from the
Greater Lansing Food Bank Garden Project,
Trustee Lynn Ochberg, and dozens of
local leaders and volunteers!
(click title to see pics from early June)
Neighborhood Garden – Marsh Pointe has
constructed raised bed gardens with help from a local Scout Troop.
This has a place to sit and will require (less bending over) for the mobility-challenged
residents. They also have a larger tilled area that is
underway. Contact Carol Sunderman at
Community Garden (formerly Central-Cedar Creek) – Compost has been
delivered and tilling has occurred. Plots are being planted.
They are seeking 50 gallon plastic water
barrels, 2-3 sturdy benches with
backs, a picnic table, wood/posts and paint
for a garden sign, and wood chips. Contact Laura DeLind at
Towar Community Garden -
Towar Community Garden has been around for over 30 years. Plots are
still available. Several will be used to provide food for the
Greater Lansing Food Bank. Contact Jen at
the Garden Project at 853-7809 or
Wardcliff Neighborhood - Okemos Schools
have recently OK'd the Garden and plowing will likely occur after the Wardcliff
School final picnic held the 2nd week in June. Contact Esther Onaga at 881-6333 or email@example.com
or Martin Chilvers (during July/Aug) at
Several other community and school gardens are alive and
well -- some active for several years. These include
Sylvan Glen and are currently only available to residents of these
A garden is being
planned in Edgewood Village.
Contact Angela Miller-Porter at
firstname.lastname@example.org. This will likely
be planted in 2011.