Urban Educational Garden
Volunteer Days at the Palmer Park Garden were a big success this May. Our garden is ready for summer! We are so proud of the community members that came out to give us a hand, learn new things and make new friends. As always we are so grateful for the support of Alana Hart and the wonderful volunteers from Detroit area Home Depot locations. THANK YOU TO EVERYONE!
OPEN VOLUNTEER HOURS at the Garden:
The photos above taken May 18-19 at PFPP Volunteer Days, with Home Depot and community members. Photos by Amy Lebowsky.
MEET OUR FARM & COMMUNITY MANAGER...MOLLY LEEBOVE
As a first generation farmer with a deep spiritual and political relationship to food, Molly turned to agriculture as a means to actively participate in shifting the failing food system in this country. Molly has spent the last four years as one of the Farm Managers and Educators at the University of Vermont's Farmer Training Program, a six month intensive program for adult farmers and aspiring food activists, training over 90 beginning farmers, and is proudly returning home to Detroit to work with the inspiring and committed community with People For Palmer Park. Passionate about food justice, skill sharing and Earth stewardship, there is much excitement about learning and growing together in the gardens of Palmer Park. Please feel free to reach out with any questions at any time! See you in the garden.
For more information about our garden, contact:
Molly Leebove, Farm & Community Manager email@example.com
Clinton Griffin, Preservation & Beautification Chair firstname.lastname@example.org
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?
The Farm and Community Engagement Manager. He or 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 2017, we expanded the garden by adding more additional beds, as well as a greenhouse, compost station and natural fence line.
What was previously on the site?
The raised beds currently sit on an old softball diamond.
When can I volunteer?
VOLUNTEER KICKOFF WEEKEND IS MAY 18-19, 2018: Once the garden is open for the season, every 2nd and 4th Saturday, 10am-1pm through fall. No experience necessary and all ages are welcome. Once you're familiar, you can return any time to pitch in.
Please no picking, eating or planting.
By volunteering, you will be invited to share in the harvest throughout the summer and fall.
Just off Pontchartrain on Merrill Plaisance, next to the Splash Park lot. Look for the raised beds!