NorthWest Initiative oversees three community gardens on the westside of Lansing.
Each community garden is intentionally located so residents who live in food deserts with little access to healthy, fresh produce will benefit from growing their own supply of fruits and veggies. While NorthWest Initiative also runs an emergency food distribution for those in need, we believe it is important to provide individuals with tools that will allow and empower them to make a positive change in their own lives. Providing space and a means for people to provide for themselves and their families does just this.
Besides the obvious benefit of food, community gardens can serve as an oasis of sorts, a spot of nature among the concrete. This is why it is also important to strive towards making our gardens attractive, safe places in the neighborhood. The more a garden catches people’s eye, the more people will want to be involved, both in gardening and in ensuring the garden’s longevity. In order to create an ideal environment, we need funds for beautification projects.
The upkeep of a garden is a never-ending adventure. Please join us in our mission to ensure the continuation of Lansing gardens for years to come!