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Clawson to Start a Community Garden This Spring

Residents will be able to buy shares of fresh vegetables from the garden.

The Clawson community will soon have its own garden of fresh vegetables.

The city is working with a Royal Oak-based nonprofit to finalize a zero-dollar lease for nearly an acre of land behind the Department of Public Works. Clawson Mayor Penny Luebs said the city hopes to begin planting in early April.

Luebs said a group of community volunteers will work on tilling the land, planting, watering and weeding. Residents will be able to buy shares of the land for one lump sum, which will guarantee them a bag of vegetables each week, she said. Volunteers will sell the vegetables at the once it opens.

"One of our focuses is on services to the community and what people are interested in," Luebs said. "The (farmers) market has been successful because people want fresh vegetables, we are building on that."

The community garden will also benefit local organizations. Surplus vegetables will go to the and .

David Baldwin, executive director of Royal Oak Forward, has been helping Clawson with its efforts to start the garden. Baldwin also assists with the .

He said the shares the community sells will help fund the operation of the garden. A half share, which feeds a family of two, will cost $425 for May-November, Baldwin said. A half share equates to about $15 per week. A full share, which feeds a family of four, will cost $775 for the season.

Baldwin said he hopes to be able to sell 100 shares.

"We’ve got a lot of work to do," Baldwin said "But we’re really excited about it."

The city's intern, Liz Carnegie, said she has been working with Baldwin and Luebs to plan for the garden since last year. They have been using the Royal Oak Community Farm as a model for Clawson's garden.

Carnegie said a garden will bring the community together and provide fresh vegetables for those residents who can't do their own gardening.

"It's really good for bringing many generations of people together," Carnegie said. "It's really good to see it finally happening."

Carnegie said she hopes the city can continue to planting in the garden through the fall. Ultimately, she said she'd like to see multiple community gardens throughout Clawson. 

"I just think it’s a good thing as far as community building," Carnegie said.

If you're interested in purchasing shares, visit the City Farms web site. Baldwin said City Farms in Flat Rock is partnering with Clawson and will also provide some produce for residents who purchase shares. For questions contact Baldwin at 248-798-3460.

canseeallsides March 27, 2012 at 02:43 AM
Fresh, local, and healthy. This is a good thing. The cost "local" saves vs. the hidden taxes on the system is another benefit. I urge City Council to protect "Food Freedom" with local laws because "big-Agra" is seeing these local farms as serious competition (whether they are or not). They may try to stop them as already witnessed by some fed. laws and even raids on local fresh food solutions.
B May 03, 2012 at 01:34 PM
Will the city be planting any GM(Genetically Modified) seeds?
Lori April 06, 2013 at 07:17 PM
I am an organic backyard famed right here in Clawson. I am hoping 2013 is going to bring our community garden back. I would love to help when it gets started! Organic totally is actually cheaper and healthier. I compost all my organic vegetables and leaves each year. (Now in compost spinners due to the RAT problem. No need to encourage them with free food.
Lori April 06, 2013 at 07:17 PM
I am an organic backyard famed right here in Clawson. I am hoping 2013 is going to bring our community garden back. I would love to help when it gets started! Organic totally is actually cheaper and healthier. I compost all my organic vegetables and leaves each year. (Now in compost spinners due to the RAT problem. No need to encourage them with free food.
Lori April 06, 2013 at 07:19 PM
Thats FARMER! Dang -no chance to edit!

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