Ferrysburg officials consider community garden

City Council members are plotting to farm out city land.
Marie Havenga
May 23, 2013


After discussions earlier this week, council is moving forward on cost-finding research to determine the feasibility of providing garden plots for residents near City Hall.

And on the harvest side of that proposal, a community farmers market could also be on the horizon.

Councilman Mike DeWitt brought up the idea after seeing a community garden behind The Salvation Army in Grand Haven.

“I thought, 'What a great idea,'" he said. “With the empty property we have out here, we could put something out there. It might be too late this year, but we could get it ready for next year.”

Councilwoman Regina Sjoberg said condo owners, who typically are not allowed to plant gardens, would probably appreciate the space.

Because of the sandy soil, the city would install raised beds and haul in black dirt.

City Manager Craig Bessinger did not have a cost estimate available, but he said the biggest expense would germinate from the dirt, lumber, bringing water to the site and installing a fence to keep grazing wildlife out. A storage shed could house garden tools.

Bessinger said land west of the basketball court or near the swing set could be ideal locations for the garden.

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