The Neighborhood Garden Coalition is a undiscovered gem of volunteerism in Oakland County. Founded in 2010, the NGC establishes vegetable gardens with two major objectives, to provide community interaction and gardening experience for people of all mental and physical abilities and to provide food for people in need.
The main focus of the NCG for the last three years centers on "Everyone’s Garden" in Berkley, Michigan, adjacent to The Song and Spirit Institute for Peace. Each week on Wednesday and Saturday mornings, between six and twenty-five volunteers work on tilling, composting, planting, weeding, nurturing and harvesting.
Everyone’s Garden has established partnerships with the Berkley and Oak Park Public School Districts, Judson Center, Kadima and Catholic Heart whose clients visit the accessible garden for an educational tour and often return as valuable volunteers. On any given day, volunteers may include NCG directors, impaired adults and children, girl scouts working on gardening badges, master gardeners, neighborhood volunteers, families and friends. The garden is a bustling and productive endeavor. Overwhelming tasks become easy when many hands work together. On Wednesday afternoons, a portion of the day’s harvest is offered for sale by donation on the honor system at a roadside stand in front of the garden.