About the Hunter Park GardenHouse
The Hunter Park GardenHouse, a project of Allen Neighborhood Center, is a hub for year-round farm & garden education, where neighbors volunteer to grow food, flowers, and community, and youth develop job and life skills in service to the neighborhood.
Since 2008, the Hunter Park GardenHouse has empowered neighbors to grow, prepare, and eat healthy food to better their health and become better connected with the community. We are open 6 days a week, and offer a wide assortment of programs.Our current programs include:
Garden Education Workshops & Services
- Gardening Workshops– a full menu of year-round gardening workshop options.
- Urban Gardener Certification Program, a multi-session course teaching a variety of skills including planting & maintaining food crops, designing home gardens, seed starting, composting, and soil science.
- Yard Call Service- Our Gardening Educator provides assistance to home gardeners to help tackle various gardening issues.
- Plant starts– large assortment of veggie, herb, and flower starts! Sustainably-grown in the Hunter Park GardenHouse.
- Seed packets – large assortment of seeds available for only $0.25 per packet.
- We grow and sell produce through a Multi-Season CSA– providing access to affordable, sustainably-grown (no synthetic pesticides or fertilizer) veggies, nearly year-round. We offer work-shares and accept SNAP for payment.
- Wholesale produce & flower sales are available through the Allen Market Place Exchange, or by contacting us.
- Take Root Garden Club– a youth program for ages 5-10, focusing on nutrition and fitness education through gardening.
- Youth Service Corps– a job and life skills training program for youth ages 11-17, in which youth participate in service-learning projects focusing on food access: Garden-in-a-Box, Edible Park, Park Cart, and Fruit Tree Project.
Launched in May 2008, the GardenHouse measures 30′ X 96′ and was part of a 9-point plan to improve Hunter Park, along with the walking path and the Hunter Park Pool you can find in the park today. The entire Hunter Park project, carried out jointly by Allen Neighborhood Center and the City of Lansing Parks and Recreation, won one of thirteen Cool Cities awards given out across Michigan. Over the years, we’ve expanded our outdoor production to over 1 acre.
Get in Touch
For more information about the Hunter Park GardenHouse, contact Rita O’Brien, Hunter Park GardenHouse Director, 517-999-3910, or email@example.com