Urban Educational Garden
OPEN VOLUNTEER HOURS FOR THE 2017 GARDEN SEASON
BEGINNING MAY 25, 2017, join us every Thursday evening 4-7pm and the 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month from 10:00 AM-1:00 PM during the spring, summer and fall to participate in the garden. All of the organically grown produce goes to our wonderful volunteers. Everyone is welcome to participate at any of the volunteer hours and classes- no signup required.
Email Lindsay at email@example.com with any questions, concerns or comments, or if you would like to join our newly forming garden club!!
FREE GARDENING EVENTS & CLASSES AT PALMER PARK
The photos above taken May 19-20, 2017 at garden volunteer kickoff days, with Home Depot and community members. Photos by Amy Lebowsky.
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 2017, we expanded the garden by adding more additional beds, as well as a greenhouse and natural fence line.
What was previously on the site?
The raised beds currently sit on an old softball diamond.
When can I volunteer?
Beginning 5/25/2017: Every Thursday, 4-7pm and every 1st and 3rd 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.
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
Just off Pontchartrain on Merrill Plaisance, next to the Splash Park lot. Look for the raised beds!