"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. 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
The Neighborhood Garden Coalition: “Building Community”
Our mission is to help people in need, provide healthy food, and activities. We would love for you to grow with us.
Our Goal: To Promote Inclusive 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.