Washington School Neighbors has been operating our community gardens since 2014. We were fortunate that Hope Church and First United Methodist Church supported this outreach and graciously allowed us to use their land for this purpose. We have seen the value of neighbors connecting through the gardens and watched relationships grow as well as fresh produce. The power of those connections is what prompted us to start looking at ways to continue this outreach. In the Summer of 2019 we reached out to all of you, and asked for input about whether the gardens should continue and what this process would look like. In September of 2019 we secured a piece of land in the WSN neighborhood for this purpose. We also applied for a grant through the Community Foundation Holland/Zeeland, and were awarded the full requested amount of $10,000. The totals costs for this project are $15,000, and we will need to raise the remaining $5,000 by Spring 2020. This project has already shown its’ value through neighbors who have organized gatherings in this space and contributed their time through the upkeep of this property. As we look to develop this land for the new community gardens, as well as a place for neighbors to gather, we will need the continued support of our neighbors. There are many ways that you can be involved in this process. Whether it be through the donation of plants for the flower garden, help with building and developing the land, sharing your ideas, or through the donation of financial resources for this specific purpose. There will be meetings starting in March of 2020 as we start to plan and designate those that want to be a part of this important community project. If you would like to contribute in any of these ways, or have other ideas, we would love to hear from you.
Please email: [email protected]
If you would like to donate to this project, you can select the drop down: Get Involved/Donate and follow the prompts,
or you can mail or drop off a check to:
Hope Church 77 West 11th Street Attn: Washington School Neighbors and designate that you would like your contribution to go towards this project.
We look forward to building a better community with all of you!
In June of 2020 WSN was able to pay off the land in full. This space is now the property of the WSN Neighborhood. With the onset of Covid-19, and the stay order, and increased safety precautions we lost several months of planning and development. In July of 2020 we started the process of getting a permit to construct a small garden shed on the property. A foundation was poured on September 15th, and a crew of 7 neighbors built the shed on October 15th. We have hosted some events and gatherings and look forward to many more. This space is slowly, but surely coming to life and we cannot wait to see it transformed. We hope to lay ground for a vertical garden area still in the Fall of 2020, and we will need neighbor volunteers to be a part of this process. When neighbors volunteer in their community, they hold a stake in the future sustainability of these projects.
Please email Lisa with ideas, or to express your desire to become more involved in this project. I am so blessed by all of you who have shown up to make this community asset happen in the WSN Neighborhood!