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Proposed Community Garden at the Village Cooperative
The Village Community Garden Task Force proposes creation of a community organic garden for residents of the Village Cooperative Homes in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The limited common area associated with each unit typically provides inadequate space and sun exposure for residents who wish to grow a bountiful vegetable garden. A community garden would allow interested residents to cooperatively share garden space in a sunny designated area within the Village.
Enhance the natural beauty of the property and become an asset to the community
Bring together residents who have a common interest in gardening
Provide another amenity for current residents to enjoy
Give prospective co-owners another reason to choose the Village
Present an alternative to planting new shade trees in an open common area
Educate gardeners on environmentally-sound, organic growing methods
Allow residents to grow fresh, nutritious crops while saving money
The Task Force proposes to build The Village Community Garden at the open area on Whitewood Street. The proposed garden would have 50 plots averaging 100 square feet within ¼ acre, but the size of the garden and plots would be adjusted to accommodate as many Village residents who wish to join. The main components of the garden would be a perimeter fence, water supply system, tool shed with tools, 4 elevated beds, 2 picnic tables, and a compost bin. To prepare the garden, the soil would be amended.
The Task Force requests approval of $16,600 to fund project. The estimated annual cost to run the garden is $700, to be paid by garden user fees. Fundraising activities would be used to try to reduce the overall cost to the Village. However, if fundraising is unsuccessful, the full capital cost would amount to an average of $39 per co-owner.
Please send your comments on the location, design, and cost of the garden to the Village Office using the link below. Your comments, for or against the garden, will be considered in the Board's decision-making process. If the garden is approved by the Board and the project is funded, construction would begin in fall 2008 and the garden would open in spring 2009.
Due to current economic conditions, it is unlikely the Board will fund the entire cost of this project. Thus, the garden will not be build unless a volunteer steps forward to lead a successful fundraising effort. If you have experience and an interest in leading or assisting in fundraising, please use the links below to send an e-mail to the Task Force Chair or Village Office.