Creston Community Gardens - Carrier St.
The Creston Neighborhood Association has been serving the needs of the Northeast side of Grand Rapids since 1978. Our mission is to organize residents and resources to promote the social, economic, and environmental health of our community.
This year will be our fourth growing season at our community garden. We continue to grow and build upon our main goals of strengthening community connections among our neighbors, providing gardening opportunities to those of all abilities, and to provide a source of fresh produce for the mostly low income residents of our neighborhood. We are proud to have a garden that hosts 8 raised gardening beds with wheelchair access for neighbors with limited mobility. We continue to maximize the use of our shared space by strengthening our partnerships with local organizations. Our communal gardening spaces are maintained by volunteers with the goal of growing fresh produce for the food pantry that shares our property. In a partnership with the local non-profit "Artists Creating Together," once a week for a month our garden hosts an "Art of Gardening Class" where students with disabilities come together to learn about gardening and create permanent art installations for our garden. For two years, Hope Network, a Christian Organization dedicated to caring for the "whole person," has utilized plots in our garden as a learning and therapeutic place to improve the developmental and behavioral health of their participants. The Creston Neighborhood Association also manages a low income apartment complex for seniors and those with disabilities. Many of our residents volunteer and have had plots in our garden since its creation. The goal of our community garden is to have a space that is truly inclusive to all of our neighbors and that all neighbors will have the chance to interact with others of diverse backgrounds.
KGI is a nonprofit community of over 30,000 people who are growing some of our own food and helping others to do the same.
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