Community Garden


The Stadium Drive Community Garden is a 15,000 square foot community garden operated by Western Michigan University. Garden plots are available to students and the public. We encourage students, staff, faculty, and Kalamazoo community members to actively participate in growing local and sustainable food. The garden is a place to learn, interact and have fun with others interested in growing fruits and vegetables. We encourage community garden participants to plant a row for the hungry and donate their extra produce to local food banks. Through gardening, we build relationships with students, community members and people in need. The Office for Sustainability is proud to be a part of the community garden movement here in Kalamazoo and encourages WMU students, faculty and staff to become involved.

During 2014 the Stadium Drive Community Garden will be managed by the registered student organizations Students for a Sustainable Earth (SSE) and the Biology Club (Bio Club), with support from the Office for Sustainability. These two groups will help facilitate all garden memberships, events and maintenance.

To reserve your garden space or learn about the community garden, or volunteer please contact the Biology Club at rso-bio@wmich.edu

Status

Plot Size

Price

Price w/Volunteer Discount

STUDENT Regular
(5ft. x 15ft.)
$15.00 FREE
  Large
(5ft. x 30ft.)
$25.00 $10.00
NON-STUDENT Regular
(5ft. x 15ft.)
$20.00 $5.00
  Large
(5ft. x 30ft.)
$30.00 $15.00
Volunteer discount applies to anyone who is willing to volunteer 2-4 hours during the beginning of the season.Tasks may include amending soil, fixing the fence, greenhouse work, sowing seeds, transplanting crops, etc.

History

In 2010, the Student Garden Organization (SGO), a registered student organization, developed and managed a student garden at Western Michigan University's Stadium Drive Apartments. At the beginning of the growing season the SGO brought a team of oxen from Tillers International, a local non-profit, to plow the field. During 2010, the SGO developed a 30’x120’ fenced area full of community garden plots. The garden has hosted a wide range of students and community members since 2010. In 2011, the Stadium Drive Apartment Manager co-managed the garden and involved a range of international apartment residents. In 2012 the garden transitioned from a student project into a project of the Office for Sustainability. In both 2012 and 2013 the garden increased in size to accommodate the growing interest in growing on campus! After two years of management, the Office for Sustainability has passed stewardship responsibilities to SSE and the Bio Club.