The Fatty Lumpkins “Fat Garden” in Muskegon is moving forward with their winning project from our It’s About Place contest thanks to the help of several community partners and dedication of the organizers to assure the project remains in good standing with the city.
The first set of big news came with the purchase of the lot where the Fat Garden will be housed for an affordable price from the previous owners. The project will now go before the Muskegon Planning Commission to request a special use variance for the property, which requires a professional design of the landscaping. Fortunately Schultz Transportation has agreed to donate their time to create the landscaping model and even offered to help with all the landscaping that can’t be done by hand. Organizers stress that getting help at this step off the process is critical to moving forward.
On the garden front, artist Mat Moore has already been collecting pieces to create functional art installations within the garden and Third Coast Horticulture Supply has offered their expertise so that once the garden is up and running it will remain healthy and sustainable for years to come.
While organizers acknowledge that these steps might not be the most exciting part of the process, completing each of the steps deliberately and correctly is essential to making sure the garden gets off the ground and accomplishes the vision Fat Garden set forward to create. Let’s Save Michigan is so proud to be a small part of what is a great example of a community coming together to create special new places.