Located at 213 N. Jefferson St., approximately 0.2 miles north of downtown Mason, the garden offers growing areas for individuals and a large community donation plot. The garden can also be reached from the Hayhoe walking path.
The community garden is composed of a 75-foot by 30-foot donation plot and 25 individual plots (15-by-15). Jill McMahon, co-leader of the individual plots, said, “The volunteer force is 12 so far this season, but that they are always seeking new volunteers to be involved in a variety of tasks associated with the garden.”
“MCG is updating the accessibility of the garden to expand enjoyment and participation of the garden to differently able community members,” McMahon said. “The improved safe pathway will connect the garden driveway to the interior of the garden. The pathway will also extend around four (4-by-8) raised garden beds that are 20-25 inches high.”
“We have had a great response from the local community, including assistance from Anderson-Fischer and Associates, H&H Welding and D&G Equipment,” she said.
McMahon said that the four raised beds and a pathway of brick pavers will be added to the garden by May. “Additional raised beds may be added in the coming years based on interest. The shady sitting area is one of the long-term goals of the garden, at this point, we have not set a timetable for this goal,” she said.”
Vegetables grown in the community donation garden are donated to local food banks.
In its first two seasons, the garden donated a combined amount of 600 pounds of food. Vegetables donated include: green beans, potatoes, tomatoes, corn, peppers, eggplant, zucchini, squash, carrots, celery and cucumbers.
Each year the volunteers are not the only ones donating their time, the MCG has been generously supported by the city, which provides land and administrative support. The Garden Project of the Greater Lansing Food Bank has provided gardening information and guidance, as well as funding for fencing and access to plants and seeds.
Other supporters of the garden are: Michigan State University Extension, Jim Kennedy, Martin Colburn, David Haywood, The Mason Elevator Company, Groves Motorsport, the United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 333, Mason State Bank, Freedom Tax, and Kerr Hardware.
The group is having a work day to create the accessible beds and pathway on Saturday, April 14 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m and the garden will be opened for the season on Saturday, April 28.