Published on May 17, 2019

New Community Garden Seeking Volunteer Gardeners at MidMichigan Health Park - Bay

Photo of students from the BAy Arenac ISD constructing a garden shed at MidMichigan Health Park - Bay.

Students from the Bay Arenac ISD constructed a garden shed to house tools and supplies for the new Community Garden at MidMichigan Health Park – Bay. The garden is now seeking applications from area residents who would like to tend a plot in the garden.

Sixteen fresh plots of earth have just been tilled at a new Community Garden on the grounds of MidMichigan Health Park – Bay. MidMichigan is now seeking applications from Bay County neighbors and residents who would like to tend one of those plots for the summer.

“We are excited to kick off the community garden project this year. These gardens are a wonderful asset to the community as they have been found to increase food security by providing access to fresh, healthy foods while reinforcing ties to the environment and encouraging community members to work together,” said Ashleigh Palmer, M.S.A., manager, MidMichigan Health Park – Bay. “With the support of fellow community partners, in addition to the fellowship alone this program brings, through the garden we will be able to help the families and children we serve adopt and maintain healthy lifestyles.”

The Community Garden is a volunteer-led program. Gardeners will be assigned a 20x20’ plot and will be responsible for maintaining it by planting, weeding, watering, bringing garden tools, caring for plants and picking vegetables. Participation is free, and assistance is available for those who need help purchasing plants and supplies. Local gardening experts and volunteers are also available to provide how-to tips or help with gardening tasks.

Community partners for the project include the Bay-Arenac ISD (building trade instructor and students), Carter Lumber, Conti Corporation, Fisher Contracting Co., John Glenn High School (wildlife/agri-science), MacAllister, MidMichigan Health Foundation, Nature’s Own Landscaping and Irrigation, Paul Smith, Standard Electric Company, Three Rivers Corporation, Tri-County Equipment and Valley Garden Club.

Those who would like to apply for a plot may fill out an application and waiver and return it to the facility at the address indicated on the application. Those who have questions or are interested in becoming a community partner for the project may contact Ashleigh Palmer at (989) 778-2888 or ashleigh.palmer@midmichigan.org.

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