"Community gardens are a wonderful venue for healthy habits, positive interactions, practical science, and civic engagement, and fun. Currently, most community gardens are not accessible to wheelchair users or other people in the disability community, who are often at risk of debilitating isolation and idleness. Everyone's Garden at Song and Spirit is being renovated in the spirit of inclusion, to ensure that all people can participate in the natural joys of organic vegetable farming in a community setting. Donations are needed to create a 300 foot ADA compliant pathway from the sidewalk to the garden, so wheelchair users and the sight-limited can participate. A lead grant from Michigan Disability Rights Coalition has allowed us to hire Sharon Berke, who is currently the special education, transition, and 504 coordinator for Berkley Schools, to design
Everyone’s Garden at Song and Spirit: Our Goal is an inclusive garden that will become a model for other community gardens.
From Main Street to Wall Street, it is becoming increasingly apparent that commercial enterprises (public, private and non-profit) are realizing the benefits of constructing a diverse workforce. People with developmental disabilities can be a vital part of a rich, vibrant, diverse workforce. Research acknowledges the benefits of a diverse work environment, which includes a larger pool of ideas, more innovation, and increased tolerance/acceptance.
The NGC is Run By Volunteers
We are an open, diverse, and growing group of people who are serious about changing the status quo of food production and community in Metro Detroit. We would love for you to grow with us.
The NGC is a volunteer-run organization. People with many different skill sets, ideas, and abilities must come together for a Community Garden to thrive.