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Rochester Hills Leaders Plan For City's First Community Garden

Mayor Bryan Barnett will ask City Council for $30,000 to build 108-bed garden in city's Wabash Park.

Rochester Hills residents will have an opportunity to grow fruits, vegetables, herbs and flowers in a community environment if a plan developed by city leaders is set in motion Monday night.

Mayor Bryan Barnett will outline his vision for the city's first Community Garden and ask Rochester Hills City Council for $30,000 to build the garden during a 7 p.m. City Council meeting.

Under Barnett's plan, the garden will be built at Wabash Park, located west of Rochester Road between Auburn and Hamlin roads.

"Community gardens are places where neighbors can gather to cultivate plants, vegetables and fruits," stated Barnett in a memo to councilmembers in advance of the Monday night meeting. "Such gardens can improve nutrition, physical activity, community engagement, safety and economic vitality for a neighborhood and its residents."

The city of Rochester built a community garden two years ago; read about that garden here

Like the Rochester Community Garden, Rochester Hills' garden would be managed by Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve in the city of Rochester, under Barnett's plan.

The Rochester Hills Community Garden would have 108 4-foot-by-4-foot raised beds. It would be surrounded by a fence to keep deer away; there would be a water station in the center of the garden.

If City Council approves the request, the garden would be built in time for the growing season this spring.

The community garden is the last item on the Monday night agenda; city council will also appoint a new city clerk and hear a presentation about the Clinton River Trail, among other items. See the full agenda here

Beverly February 11, 2013 at 11:31 AM
Yes because the deer do eat any vegetation in my yard
Patricia February 11, 2013 at 11:50 AM
Rochester's Community Garden has been a success due to a lot of dedication from a lot of people, Sue Neal, Bill Bohlen, Chief Cieslik, City Beautiful Commission, and many participants along with the support of the Rochester City Council and in particular Ben Giovanelli. I can only wish the same success to Rochester Hills. The more gardens and nature in our cities, large or pocket size, the better for both communities and better for our environment as a whole. It is an added and welcomed element. Good luck to Rochester Hills and I hope they make the 2013 planting season.
Suzanne White February 11, 2013 at 12:32 PM
While this is a wonderful idea, any dollars should be directed to our Sheriff Department. We have cut staff and need to replace those officers. The garden could be put in place by donations and volunteers. .
Erin February 11, 2013 at 02:09 PM
This is a great idea. Also - could get schools involved in projects. Nice!
Patricia February 11, 2013 at 03:17 PM
Oops, forgot about that in Rochester Hills. I am very lucky to live in Rochester where we are not faced with that problem. And I do agree with you, essential services should always be funded appropriately first and brought to the appropriate staffing level. We could afford to kick off the garden and other areas of improvement within the City and we have an awesome police, fire and DPW departments. Maybe this should be stated to the Rochester Hills City Council and they may want to use the money for your essential services first. Our City Council and Manager are very responsive and very fiscally responsible.
George February 12, 2013 at 02:48 AM
Why not. This project will prob fail like the sister city of Tuz.

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