Grand Rapids Community Gardens

Many of the areas in and around Grand Rapids have community gardens, where you can grow your own food, even if you don’t have space in your own yard.


Blandford Nature Center Community Garden

location: 1715 Hillburn Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504

deadline for application: March 2, 2012

cost: $40.00 for each 8’x25′ plot

contact: Jessica Lamden, 616.735.6240.14


  • Garden space – available from April 13, 2012 through October 29, 2012 (Weather permitting)
  • Initial tilling completed by BNC staff prior to April 13 (Weather permitting)
  • Access to limited garden tools such as hoes, shovels, and  a wheelbarrow
  • Combination-Locked tool shed for storage of tools
  • Water access and usage
  • Compost pile for garden-related organic material
  • Public access restrooms
  • The opportunity to meet other gardeners, get outside more often, and share ideas, produce, flowers or seeds
  • Online discussion forum
  • Pre-registration for the 2013 growing season

Grassfields Garden Share

location: 14238 60th Avenue Coopersville, MI 49404

deadline for application: March 2, 2012

cost: $100.00 for each 20’x20′ plot

contact: Jay or Chaeli Meerman, (616) 997-8251

details: Grassfields will till the land, provide compost, and a source of water. You must purchase organic seed through the farm.


other area gardens as listed by Food Shed (these may or may not be open to more gardeners)

  • Cedar Springs (Main St. and the end of Pine St. in Cedar Springs)
  • Garden on Francis Avenue(on city land, either side of path leading to Garfield Nature Park, from the sidewalk to back lot lines of adjacent houses, which are 2148 and 2156 Francis)
  • Neighborhood Garden(east side of Fuller just south of Wealthy, on Dwelling Place, Inc. property )
  • School Gardens(Mixed Greens gardens at Taft, Rogers, Lane, and Parkview Elementary Schools, in Wyoming, and at Harrison Park Elementary school in Grand Rapids)
  • Unnamed(near Calvin College)

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  1. Marilyn Kralt says:

    Our church is in the planning stages of starting a community garden especially for the people who live in the apartments across the street from our church. Is there any help available to get it started?

  2. I actually don’t know if there is a specific foundation that helps get community gardens started. I would try contacting Local First ( and see if they have some leads for you.


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