Urban Educational Garden
The Garden is located just off Pontchartrain on Merrill Plaisance, next to the Splash Park parking lot. Look for the raised beds!
The photos below taken May 20-21, 2016 at garden volunteer kickoff days, with Home Depot and community members. Photos courtesy of Alana Hart.
Why is People for Palmer Park doing this?
Gardening has provided a different perspective on the way residents can use land in the city. The garden is a resource to others who are interested in growing their own garden or creating a community garden in their neighborhood. The garden allows anyone to have hands on experience and learn the practical application of gardening. We are expanding recreation and education this season by offering free classes on various gardening topics such as nutrition, cooking and meal preparation, organic gardening, herbalism, among many others. It will be a collective effort from folks interested in offering their expertise to the general public.
Who runs Palmer Park Garden on a daily basis?
Lindsay Page is the Farm and Community Engagement Manager. She reports directly to the People for Palmer Park’s Preservation & Beautification Committee and Board of Directors.
What kind of fruit and vegetables are here?
Many different types depending on the season, including, peppers, tomatoes, lettuce, beets, collards, broccoli, brussels sprouts, kale, beans, pumpkins, peas, radishes, apples, zinnias, marigolds, various herbs and much more.
Where does the produce go?
This season’s produce has gone to our volunteers who help out at the garden throughout spring, summer and fall.
How large is the garden?
The majority of the garden is housed in 20' x 4' raised beds made of cedar.The beds are intentionally ADA compliant, and also allow for easier access, great drainage, prevention of soil compaction, and for the soil to warm more quickly in the spring. In 2016, we expanded the garden by adding more additional beds, as well as a compost station.
What was previously on the site?
The raised beds currently sit on an old softball diamond.
When can I volunteer?
Check back on this page for updates.
Please no picking, eating or planting.
By volunteering, you will be invited to share in the harvest throughout the summer and fall.
MEET OUR FARM & COMMUNITY MANAGER...
"My passion for organic urban agriculture developed while pursuing an Urban Studies degree from Wayne State University.
I took an internship at Lafayette Greens, an award winning public garden space in the heart of the business district in downtown Detroit, and learned that gardening is an opportunity for private and public partnerships to grow and learn together to create a more just and local food system. Green spaces, such as public parks, and the application of urban agriculture in all spaces offers a unique way of using vacant or underused land to increase land value and quality of life."
For more information about our garden, contact:
Lindsay Page, Farm & Community Manager firstname.lastname@example.org
Clinton Griffin, Preservation & Beautification Chair email@example.com