Thursday, May 5, 2011
The Peace House: My favorite Kalamazoo community garden (and orchard!)
This is an article about the Peace House.. a place started on the Eastside of Kalamazoo by two families of K'97 alums. After recieving community funds to build a community garden and playground in their backyard, they bought an empty side lot (where a foreclosed house had previously been). Last summer, when I interned with them, we planted an urban orchard on that lot. (It was difficult, as the cement from base of the house had been left behind in random spots--but it was a group effort!)
One question that my carpool group asked as we drove back home on Tuesday was, "So once we plant this garden, who is going to maintain it?" That is a great question, and we should ask Catie today how the Landbank plans to make sure that the Edison garden does not fall by the wayside. In the case of the Peace House, it's a residential garden open to the public, and the residents take care of it for he most part, while enlisting the help of neighbors and friends when needed.
What do you think?