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!
August Update from Lindsay...
Happy August Gardeners!
This month has started off very HOT, HOT, HOT! With record high temperatures comes the need for record amount of watering at the Palmer Park Garden. Join us anytime in the garden Tuesdays 10-1, Thursdays 4-7 and Saturdays 10-1 for open volunteer hours.
With your help we will be completing the following tasks this month:
Join me Saturday August 20th from 11-12 for one of my favorite gardening topics: INSECTS! Being able to identify beneficial insects in their different life stages can be a helpful tool in organic gardening. We will discover and discuss the many beneficial insects and their roles in the garden as well as methods used to manage the common pests that can wreak havoc on your crops. Learn how to encourage a beneficial bug world in your garden! Contact the garden manager Lindsay at Lindsay.firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or concerns.
Remember to spread the word about the garden as all of our produce goes to our volunteers who help to maintain the space!
Looking forward to seeing your smiling faces in the garden!
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 Beautification and Preservation Committee and board members.
What kind of fruit and vegetables are here?
Many different types depending on the season, including, peppers, tomatoes, lettuce, beets, collards, broccoli, brussel 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. We will be expanding the garden by adding more additional beds in 2016 as well as other features.
What was previously on the site?
The raised beds currently sit on an old softball diamond.
When can I volunteer?
Current volunteer hours are on Tuesday from 10am-1pm, Thursday from 4pm-7pm and Saturdays from 10am-1pm beginning May 24th from spring to fall. Join us then in the garden if you’re interested in volunteering and 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 email@example.com
Clinton Griffin, Preservation & Beautification Chair firstname.lastname@example.org