Hunter Park GardenHouse

About the Hunter Park GardenHouse

The Hunter Park GardenHouse, a project of Allen Neighborhood Center, serves as a demonstration site and hub for year-round 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 food crops, designing home gardens, seed starting, composting, and soil science.
  • Permaculture Design Certificate Course, an internationally recognized 72 hour course developed to empower you with the tools of Permaculture Design.
  • Yard Call Service- Our Gardening Educator, AmeriCorps member, provides assistance to home gardeners to help them tackle various gardening issues.

GardenHouse Products

  • ANC Catalog 2015 picPlant 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 $0.50 per packet.
  • Check out our 2015 Catalog! View our selection of raised garden bed kits, season extension kits, plant startsseed packets, gardening supplies, fresh produce, garden workshops, programs, and more!
  • Printed copies of the 2015 Catalog are available at the Allen Neighborhood Center and the Hunter Park GardenHouse.

Growing Food

  • We grow and sell produce through a Multi-Season CSA– providing access to affordable, sustainably-grown veggies, nearly year-round. We offer work-shares and accept EBT for payment.
  • Wholesale & Direct produce & flower sales are available through the Allen Market Place Exchange, or by contacting us.

Youth Programs


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.

Get in Touch

For more information about the Hunter Park GardenHouse, contact Rita O’Brien, Hunter Park GardenHouse Director, 517-999-3910, or

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