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Community Garden By-Laws

Please read the Community Garden By-Laws before signing up for a garden bed.

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Community Garden Frequently Asked Questions

If you have questions, please read the Community Garden Frequently Asked Questions document.

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Garden Bed Description

Garden beds are available in two sizes (5' x 10' or 5' x 16'), and are rented for a small fee on an annual basis. Public sign-up for garden beds begins in March at the Chocolay Township municipal office. Members must supply their own seeds, plants, soil amendments, and work needed to care and grow their crops. Compost is available for use on site. All members must attend two community garden work days per season to remain in good standing and keep their designated beds.

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Community Garden Sign Up

You can register online, download and fill out the garden rental agreement and bring it in to the Chocolay Township Office, or complete a rental agreement at the Chocolay Township office.

PLEASE NOTE YOUR RESERVATION IS NOT VALID UNTIL YOU HAVE PAID.

You can bring cash or check (payable to the Chocolay Community Garden) to the Township Hall, or mail payment to 5010 US 41 S, Marquette, MI, 49855, along with a copy of your registration.

Membership and bed rental is open to the public, including residents of Chocolay Township and surrounding municipalities. See sign-up and payment information above.

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General Information

Location

The Chocolay Community Garden is located behind the Harvey Baptist Church at 224 Silver Creek Road in Harvey. Garden plots are available for residents of Chocolay Township and adjoining jurisdictions to grow annual flowers and vegetables.

The garden site is leased to Chocolay Township and is managed by the Chocolay Community Garden Group (CCGG). The group is governed by a Board of Directors and a set of bylaws. Besides providing garden space, the purpose of the CCGG is to provide gardening education, encourage the participation of children, donate some locally produced food, and to provide gardening opportunities to those with special needs. The community garden follows organic gardening practices; no artificial pesticides or herbicides are allowed. One bed is used to grow food for local food pantries.

History

The garden was started with a unique partnership between Chocolay Township, Harvey Baptist Church, Rotary District 6220, and Boy Scout Troop 370. The garden was funded with a District Grant from Rotary District 6220. Work days to create the garden were organized as partial fulfillment for obtaining the Eagle Scout rank for Boy Scouts Ethan Park and Mathew Collins.

Special Thanks

Special thanks to the following for making the community garden happen:

  • Alan McCall and the congregation of the Harvey Baptist Church
  • Boy Scout Troop 370 - especially Ethan Park and Mathew Collins
  • Bruce Ventura
  • Chocolay Township Board, Township Manager, and Township staff
  • Marquette Breakfast Rotary
  • Marquette Menards store
  • Marquette Rotary
  • Marquette West Rotary

Visit Anytime!

Garden rules You are welcome to visit our garden! Please observe the following rules:
  • No smoking is allowed at any time in the garden.
  • No pets within the garden.
  • Please do not pick or disturb gardener plots or tools.
  • Close and latch the gate when you leave if no one else is in the garden.

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