Creative 360 Community Gardens is on the grounds of Creative 360 at the corner of Bayliss St. and Arbury Place. It is free from chemical or synthetically produced herbicides, pesticides, or fertilizers where people can grow their own food in a way that is healthy for people, the environment, and the community. There is water and a composting area onsite, and finished compost is available to each gardener as available. Plots are reserved on a first-come/first-serve basis. You can reserve your plot from the home page, stop by the office, or call 989-837-1885. There are three sizes available:
- Seven 6’x 10’ plots for $20 each
- Seven 6’x 12’ plots for $25 each
- Seven 6′ x 18′ plots for $30 each
True to the spirit of Creative 360, the gardens are a place for creativity to blossom. Gardeners are welcome and encouraged to decorate their spaces as they like.
There are also shared garden beds, sponsored by local businesses and individuals, used for teaching and growing communal crops like herbs and perennials that are cared for and harvested collectively.
There are three orientation meetings scheduled for May 5, 12 and 19 from 2:00 to 2:30 pm. Come to the meeting that best meets your schedule to to get acquainted with the space and other gardeners.
Volunteer ● Donate ● Sponsor
Don’t want a garden bed? There are other ways to contribute to and enjoy the gardens. Volunteers help us in a variety of ways while they enjoy the outdoors. Sponsors financially support community garden beds and events while also receiving recognition in the gardens themselves, on our website, press releases and in print materials. Donations help with funds needed for maintenance of the garden area. Fundraisers and potlucks make it easy to make a donation or volunteer.
To keep up-to-date on all the gardening activities, check out the Community Gardens page on our website at becreative360.org/organic-community-garden, or on our Facebook page at facebook.com/Creative360Gardens. You can also call (989) 837-1885.
Read an article submitted by local gardener, Marie Cannon, Tend to a Garden and Reap the Benefits for a great overview of the many benefits of gardening.
If you are interested in becoming a Creative 360 Gardens Committee Member, a sponsor, or if you have any questions, please call (989) 837-1887.
Education for Community Gardeners & Gardeners in the Community
Community gardeners and individual gardeners wanting to expand their knowledge are invited to gather once a month for short presentations on various gardening topics followed by an open forum for discussion. These gatherings grew out of the collaborative efforts of the Midland County Master Gardener Association and Creative 360. You can register for each at the links below. They are all free of charge.
Saturday, May 19, 10:00-11:00 am: Heirloom Vegetables & Seed Saving
Tuesday, June 19, 6:30-8:00 pm: Gardening with Kids
Monday, July 16, 6:30-8:00 pm: Herbs 101
Saturday, August 25, 10:00-11:30 pm: Extending Your Growing Season
Wednesday, September 19, 6:30-8:00 pm: Preparing for Winter / Planning for Spring
Food Preservation with MSU Extension
Creative 360 and Michigan State University Extension are partnering to bring you a program on the many ways (some you probably have not heard of) to safely save your abundant harvest or that fantastic haul from the farmers marketing. With Lisa Treiber, Food Safety Educator. Pre-registration Required. $15 drop in / $50 prepay for session. All are 6:30 to 8:30 pm.
May 16: Blanch & Freeze – Preserving tastes of spring and summer
June 11: Do you preserve or freeze?
July 11: Preserving the Harvest – You CAN do it!
Aug 13: Dehydrating