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Resource program for Detroit gardeners

  • Subject: [cg] Resource program for Detroit gardeners
  • From: Don Boekelheide dboekelheide@yahoo.com
  • Date: Fri, 11 Feb 2005 17:02:57 -0800 (PST)

Free-Press, Detroit, Michigan, US

GARDEN PLOT: Resource programs offer seeds, training

February 11, 2005

BY MARTY HAIR 
FREE PRESS GARDEN WRITER

Gardeners in Detroit, Highland Park and Hamtramck are
eligible to join the Garden Resource Program and get
seeds and seedlings for the planting season. Members
also have access to tools, tilling, compost, wood
chips, training, soil testing and gardening advice.

The cost for the Garden Resource Program is $10 for
family gardens and $20 for community or school
gardens. Last year, about 300 gardens participated.

The Garden Resource Program is funded by the U.S.
Department of Agriculture and administered through the
Detroit Agriculture Network in partnership with the
Capuchin Soup Kitchen, the Greening of Detroit and the
MSU Extension. Enrollment is limited. To sign up, call
Ashley Atkinson, 313-237-8736, anytime. In addition to
providing a way for people to get inexpensive seeds
and plants, Atkinson said, the program is "an
opportunity for them to become part of a larger
community that can help support them in whatever
they're trying to do."

Another initiative of interest to those active in
community gardening in Wayne County is the new Urban
Roots training program. The nine-week class will meet
on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. starting Feb. 19.
The cost is $75. Urban Roots will meet at the American
Indian Health and Family Services, 4880 Lawndale,
Detroit.

Urban Roots is designed to provide information about
horticulture and community organizing. Topics will
include site preparation and garden maintenance,
composting, garden design, managing pests and growing
vegetables, fruits and flowers. For information, call
Kristine Hahn at the MSU Extension, 313-833-3275, by Monday.


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