Property management company providing community garden for residents

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Residents of two Grand Rapids apartment communities managed by Eenhoorn will be able to spend the 2020 summer season outdoors growing their own food as part of a pilot project to increase sustainability efforts.

The purpose of the garden project is to provide a tangible way for residents to reduce their carbon footprint. The pilot gardens will take place in Grand Rapids at Windridge Apartments, 3734 Camelot Drive SE, a complex with 328 apartments and Westminster Meadows, 1150 Plymouth Ave. NE, a senior living community with 64 apartments.

Eenhoorn hopes a successful pilot project will lead to additional garden programs for other Eenhoorn properties in upcoming years.

The garden program will provide all of the plants, seeds and growing materials needed, as well as educational opportunities to reduce barriers of participation typically found in community gardening.

Barriers tend to be a lack of knowledge about growing and securing materials.

Apartment residents can participate simply by showing up to the shared educational garden work times, which will be led by Maaike Baker, community garden liaison for Eenhoorn. Residents will be providing input on what times work best for them and which crops they hope to grow.

Eenhoorn is in the process of garden construction now, and the garden beds will be built with varying height with pathways that meet ADA requirements so all residents, regardless of age, knowledge and alternative physical abilities, will be able to get their hands into the soil.

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