Garden-in-a-Box Application 2016
Thank you for your interest in the 2016 Garden-in-a-Box project! Neighbors with limited income, limited mobility, or who are new to gardening are eligible to apply. Currently, there are 128 boxes in circulation in Lansing’s Eastside neighborhood, and there are 20 more boxes available this year.
From Allen Neighborhood Center, participants will receive the following, free of charge:
• One 2ft x 2ft raised garden bed filled with soil; installed by Youth Service Corps members.

• Seeds or transplants of desired plants (see space requirements); Youth Service Corps members will help with planting.

• Additional home gardening assistance, as requested, through our Yard Call program.

In exchange, our program requirements are:
• Participants attend orientation on Saturday, May 21st, 12:30pm-1:30pm, at the Hunter Park GardenHouse (if you cannot attend, participants must contact the Gardening Educator to re-schedule).

• Participants complete and return a pre and post-season survey. Your feedback is really important and helps us to continue to offer programs like this for others.

• Participants complete a photo release form (photo release is optional).

• Participants devote regular time to caring for, watering, and weeding your garden; this will make sure you get the best harvest out of your garden!

• Participants help promote gardening to neighbors, family, and friends.

Planning Your Garden
We will work with each individual to choose plants that will maximize your space and gardening success. Some plants are better suited for planting during cooler months, such as salad greens and spinach; others, such as tomatoes, peppers and eggplants, need warmer weather to thrive. It’s important to keep this in mind when planning your garden.

Youth Service Corps will bring the plants/seeds and soil to plant together with you. Depending on what you choose to grow, you can expect to spend a few hours each week tending to your garden.

Gardening Assistance
If you have any questions about gardening, or want to schedule home gardening Yard Calls, contact Alex at: 517-999-3913, or stop by the Allen Neighborhood Center (1611 E. Kalamazoo Street, Lansing, MI 48912).
Gardening Workshops
The Hunter Park GardenHouse offers many food & gardening education workshops throughout the year. These are open to the public, and there is a $5-10 suggested donation. A list of workshops can be found at:
To RSVP for a class, contact Alex at 517-999-3913,
About Youth Service Corps
Youth Service Corps, a job and life-skills training program for youth ages 11-17, focuses on food and nutrition awareness, healthy lifestyle choices, a sense of place, and civic responsibility. Through the Garden-in-a-Box project, Youth Service Corps members learn basic carpentry, horticulture, and community engagement skills, and Eastside neighbors gain access to small-scale gardening education. As a long-standing part of Allen Neighborhood Center’s Youth Service Corps program, the Garden-in-a-Box project was developed by youth to help address issues of food security in the neighborhood.
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