Our Garden Place, Detroit

Our Garden Place is a growing community garden located intra-neighborhood along a hub road, across from picturesque/historic Woodmere Cemetery it is adjacent, across the street, down the street and very near our founding & Neighbor gardeners and consulting friends. One adjacent neighbor, Julie Valoczki is retired from Wayne County’s Dept. of Water Quality and safe soil. Our other adjacent neighbor will be diverting from his downspouts for phase 1 of our H2O plan. Lot owner Brandon Cole a Detroit Police Sergeant actively gardens here, supports the grass cutting, tilling and composting and greatly enhances the security provided by our adjacent gardeners making this a green tranquil, safe place in a neighborhood yearning for the same. Located near several planned/proposed community improvement projects and smaller community we are active in the community groups that are driving these positive changes and help us obtain nearby lots for offsite composing and off-season storage. Too many of our neighbors live below the poverty line and many are differently-abled. Our nearly 1/3 acre corner lot will offer budget saving vegetable plots, beautiful flower plots, and wheelchair accessible raised beds. This is coming from other grants/programs and many volunteer hands. Our current need is for an off-grid water supply to support our current and future garden plots. Our area is not without garden resources but we really need a plot large enough to be a teaching garden. We hope to be that place.

To add a 4-phase off-grid water distribution system to support our green space and use each phase and the common space we build into our site to teach affordable, safe gardening, support plant and seed exchanges, and offer garden space to many low-income and differently-abled as well as other neighbor gardeners. To upgrade our common spaces for beauty and to support our growing number of gardens.

H2O Phase One – Promote and present an on-site rain barrel workshop that teaches residents how to safely repurpose materials into rain barrels. This will help them to comply with new laws requiring disconnection of downspouts from storm drains.

H2O Phase 2 – A modular carport will be purchased, weighted and equipped with gutters and downspouts. It will be centrally located near the existing garden plots and placed over a newly pavered area to create a common shelter area as well as freeing us and the neighbors from use of the downspouts except as drought back up.

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