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Community Garden (Westland, MI, U.S.A.) Looking to Install Solar-Powered Water Pumps

Community garden vies for $2,500

Written by
LeAnne Rogers
Observer Staff Writer

Click “like” and help raise money for the Norwayne Community Garden which will soon begin its second year.

The volunteer-run garden is in the running for a $2,500 grant from the Raising Organic Family Farms website. And an additional $500 is available for the People’s Choice winner. To support the Norwayne Community Garden, go to and click like. It’s limited to one vote per ip address but votes can also be cast from smart phones. Voting will continue through Saturday, March 31.
“The grant money would be awesome, it would give us what we need to get through the season,” said garden coordinator Pamela Carter. “We really want to purchase two solar-powered water pumps – I can’t carry four gallons of water at a time.”
Started nearly a year ago, the garden of 20 raised beds is located at Dorsey and Newago Court on two lots where blighted homes were cleared using Neighborhood Stabilization Program funds. Produce was provided to families participating in the federal surplus food program and also any Norwayne resident interested in getting some of the fresh vegetables and fruit.
The garden doesn’t have a direct funding source but relies on support from a variety of groups and individuals. Wayne Metropolitan Community Action Agency is expected to provide some plants for the garden.
“What they give us won’t be enough with 20 beds. I’ve started tomato seeds and another volunteer has started tomatoes, peppers and other things,” said Carter. “I hope other sources will also provide some plants. Last year, we sold sponsorships for the raised beds, the dirt and fence.”
Carter had back surgery not too long ago and another volunteer has been undergoing cancer treatment, so the sponsorship program hasn’t gotten a lot of attention recently.
“We have some money left over from last year. We need to look at fund-raising and discuss it a bit more,” said Carter, a preschool teacher who lived in Westland but relocated to Norwayne after becoming involved with the garden.
The solar-powered water pumps are a priority for the garden since there is no irrigation or running water on the site. There two very large tanks that the Westland Fire Department keeps filled with water.
“Because there isn’t a pump, we get a gush of water and scoop it out or a trickle out of the hose. The solar-powered pumps would give uswater pressure,” Carter said. “When it’s 90 degrees out, you need to water a lot. That was when it was hard to get volunteers to water. My daughters were out there in evening getting eaten alive by mosquitoes. I won’t forget the mosquito spray again.”
A garden cleanup is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, March 31. A cold crop planting is tentatively set for Saturday, April 21, with the hot crop planting scheduled for Saturday, May 12.
Anyone interested in volunteering or donating to the Norwayne Community Garden can contact Carter at (313) 222-5428

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