Barefoot is a kind of nontraditional micro farm-esque urban community garden. Yes, those are a lot of adjectives. It is nontraditional because it is free. It is micro farm-esque because it is not divided into specific plots for each individual to grow their own food. Rather the entire garden is arranged more like a farm. There are beds of tomatoes and beds of cucumbers, beds of carrots and beds of melon, and so on. It is urban because it is located in Eastown. It is community because the entire garden is planted, weeded, maintained, and harvested as a community. You participate, you take food home.
In the winter of 2010 a few food obsessed, earth loving people, who just happened to be friends, decided that it would be a wonderful idea to start a community garden in our Eastown local. They wanted to get their hands dirty and eat beans right off the vine. Some friends own the 1350 lot of the Southeast side of Wealthy Street where a house had burned down several years ago. They very kindly decided to let us use their space to start this project. So in the summer of 2010 they began building beds and planting.
The area where the house burned down was then filled with sand. Therefore, they use raised beds filled with healthy soil (comprised of 1/2 organic compost and 1/2 filtered topsoil). They intended to follow the Square Foot Gardening method developed by Mel Bartholomew, but have strayed from his rigid steps.
1350 Wealthy St SE Grand Rapids, MI 49506
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