There are several small Community Gardens being developed within the City of Ionia and South Ionia. These gardens take place at local churches and businesses where land is donated. Volunteers from within those businesses and churches encourage others to get involved. If you would like to volunteer, please contact Penny at the Ionia County Community Food Network or leave a VoiceMail at 616-755-8050.
With spring peeking right around the corner we are beginning to make plans for Global Youth Service Day. This year Volunteer Connections and the Ionia Kids Club will be partnering to coordinate GYSD activities in many of the Community Food Network Gardens. Watch for a list of locations and dates to be released soon!
Washington Street Community Garden
This small educational garden is located around First Christian Church at 130 E Washington St. The main focus is to teach new gardeners how to care for a garden. We will be encouraging youth at local schools to join our group of green thumbs.
Volunteers work in this garden on Thursday afternoons from 3pm to 5pm throughout the school year and move to Thursday mornings at 11am during the summer. For the 2013 growing season we will be planting "Soup Veggies!" We hope to have lots of potatoes, carrots, onions, broccoli, and other veggies that can be cooked in the "Community Soup Pot!" Watch for dates to be posted for our "Soup Pot Dinners!"
Visit our Picasa Photo Slideshow to see photos from the Washington St Garden and watch for the 2013 photos posted on Facebook under the Ionia Kids Club page.
MSU Extension Herb Garden
Located on the South side of the MSU Extension Building at 50 E Sprague Rd. (the old MI State Police Post on South 66.) This garden is partnership between the MSU Extension and Master Gardeners. Herbs are easy to grow and can be very attractive. Feel free to stop by and check out this garden!
The Giving Garden
Located at the back side of the parking lot next to the First Presbyterian Church at 125 E Main St. The Giving Garden has 2 raised garden beds that are 4 foot wide and 8 feet long. These gardens are planted following the Square Foot method expecting high yield for little space. All volunteers are welcome to stop by and check out this garden. This year the garden features 2 themed gardens designed around "Soup" & "Salsa". Local soup kitchen recipients are invited to stop in and check out this garden when produce is ready to be harvested.
SS Peter & Paul Community Garden
SS Peter & Paul has a community garden maintained by church volunteers and will be sharing its produce with local food pantries. Conscious of preserving our water source and respecting Mother Earth, this garden has installed 4 large rain barrels for watering and use only natural fertilizers such as lawn clipping compost.
John Hildebrant will be the Garden Coordinator who would be responsible for greeting new garden volunteers to give them a garden tour and see that available produce is donated to the Zion Community Food Pantry. If you are a member of the SS Peter & Paul Church Family and interested in getting more involved, please contact the Community Food Network!
Crayon Box Daycare
The Crayon Box Daycare is starting a community garden for it's staff and students and will be sharing its produce with local food pantries. Watch for more information to come soon!
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