New community garden, farmers market planned for Detroit’s east side

A new community garden and farmers market could be coming to Detroit’s east side through a new crowdfunding campaign launched Monday by Wolverine Human Services.

Through the crowdfunding platform Patronicity, a $50,000 campaign has been created to raise money through Sept. 22 to build East Side Community Garden and Farmers Market, a mixed-used site including a marketplace and learning spaces to promote healthy eating and lifestyles. Additionally, if the $50,000 goal is met, a matching grant through the Michigan Economic Development Corp. and Michigan State Housing Development Authority will be awarded to the group, bringing the total funding to $100,000.

According to the project fundraising page, the site will cultivated by residents surrounding theJohn S. Vitale Community Center, which has also been an institution in the Jefferson-Mack neighborhood for almost 30 years. The plan is to reverse deterioration of the neighborhood as residents have left the area and businesses have closed.

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