Tender Heart Gardens began as a queer and trans growing collective, founded in 2017. They currently grow on a 1/3 acre lot in the Urbandale floodplain, leased from the Ingham County Land Bank.
Their garden managers, Morgan Doherty and Ana Wolken, are supported by many LGBTQA+ community members who provide seasonal volunteer labor. They are a member garden of the Capital United Land Trust, raising funds to secure collectively held land for marginalized growers.
Their harvest is shared among growers, volunteers, and community members. They are ready to move into small-scale commercial production, with additional space and support from community partners.
They are building their future farm at Fenner Nature Center, in the 10-acre paddock that was once home to Elvis the bison.
In this location, they will begin operating as a commercial small farm, offering market vegetables, chicken eggs, and goat milk products to Lansing residents at affordable prices at an on-site farm stand and via community supported agriculture shares.
Tender Heart Gardens will provide contract services to Fenner, like invasive species management with a browsing goat herd; educational programming; and produce for major programs.
Learn more on their website
- How to get involved:
Email Morgan at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Location: 707 S. Foster Ave, Lansing, MI 48912