Start A Garden

If you’re thinking about starting a community garden,we invite you to attend our annual series of Garden Leader’s Training. The 2016 sessions will take place over 3 Saturday mornings, 9:00am-12:30pm on February 20th & 27th and March 12th  at the Foster Community Center,  200 North Foster Ave, Lansing 48912.

Check out our GLT 2016 Promo Flyer and view a video of previous year’s training here.

February 20th

  • Virtual Tour of Successful Community Gardens
  • Developing Shared Vision

February 27th

  • Volunteer Management
  • Outreach & Organizing

March 12th

  • Garden Leadership Summit
  • Technical Trade Show

This is not a gardening class—it is crucial skills training for successful community gardening projects. Each session will provide an interactive opportunity for community members to gain leadership skills, access local resources, network, share and plan for both new and existing community gardening projects.  Past participants include schools aiming to provide students with hands-on gardening experience and nutrition education; “faith and food” congregations with goals of growing fresh produce for their members and community food banks; health clinics who want to engage their patients in healthy food production; and neighbors and apartment complex dwellers who garden together. With attendance, there will be opportunities to apply for Garden Project Start-Up Resources.

We encourage at least 2 people from each community project to attend.

Cost per session is $5-$30 sliding scale to cover learning materials.

For more information on what a community garden leadership position might entail, click here.

To RSVP or learn more about GLT, please call 517-853-7809 or email

Download the Garden Project 2016 Startup Application

gp collage for GLT page

GLT attendees, you are invited to attend the GLT Networking Night on March 2nd