A new community garden is being developed in Lansing's
The Moores Park Community Organization approached St.
Casmir Church in 2008 about turning a vacant, gravel-filled lot into a
garden. “They said yes, and in Feb. 2010 I took the lead to see what we
could get going,” says neighborhood resident, Paul Kolar.
The garden is 150 ft by 270 ft total,
and currently 135 ft x 95 ft is developed. Around $2,000 was raised for the garden between plot fees and donations.
Kolar says the garden’s sign was donated by the Reach Community Art Center
Planning for the garden started with a simple, informal meeting at
Kolar’s house this past February. He says the garden is currently open and
that people in the neighborhood took over their plots in early May 1.
“This garden will allow up to 150 families an opportunity to grow fresh
vegetables within walking distance of their homes,” says Kolar.
Kolar gives a lot of the credit for the project to St. Casmir. “They have been a
fantastic partner. This would have been impossible without the church community and Father Bill Lugger’s support.”
Kolar hopes to have a ribbon cutting in mid-June.
Source: Paul Kolar
Writer: Daniel J.