Mission: To contribute to the sustainability of the Northend Historic Community by providing a healthy lifestyle with diverse cultural, physical, social and educational programs.
Oakland Avenue Community Garden and Greenhouse
This program is one where our youth gardeners are growing and selling fresh produce, fruits and herbs at Eastern Market, Wayne State University Market, Bushnell Market and Windmill Market. The profit from the produce is used to fund additional training and pay stipends to youth who work in the gardens. Our youth participate in training for customer service, marketing, handling money and decribing product. There are currently 22 youths in this program with 5 youth leaders who work at the markets.
This garden was started in 2008 to provide fresh produce, fruit and herbs for the community free of charge. We plant tomatoes, peppers, beets, lettuce, green beans, eggplant and squash and cucumbers. We know what the community prefers based on the information provided to us by the families in the community. During 2009 we were able to track 20 families who harvested from this garden site. We estimate that another 10 or more harvested but we are not able to track because they harvested when we were not there. This garden is maintained by youth and community volunteers who work as much as 2 hours per day, 4 to 5 days a week. This garden is also a Garden Resource site for woodchips, coffee bags, tomatoe stakes, trelliis, row covers, compost and garden tool sharing for theHighland Park and Northend Community Gardeners.
Emergency Food and Clothing Distribution
We have food and clothing for families/individuals in crisis. We ask no questions and make referrals when possible to other support groups based on the need. We are open for this Monday thur Thursday and Saturdays. We are available by appointment on off days.