In the ‘40s, to help the war effort, folks planted “Victory Gardens”–plots of land in people’s front yards or in public parks devoted to growing fresh foods. This small but effective program helped decrease the burden on public food supplies.
These days, while not intended for any military campaigns, community gardens are making a comeback, literally sprouting up in urban zones and rural municipalities across the country.
And now, Flat Rock, too, is getting a taste thanks to the Support Local Flat Rock organization.
On Gibraltar Road, near P.J.’s Cafe, downtown Flat Rock will get its very own community garden, and anyone who’s interested can play a role or lend a hand.
The benefits of a community garden range from the micro-level, such as enjoying a ripe, locally grown tomato at dinner, to a larger public good, like helping to strengthen a community through greater civic involvement. Community gardens can also reduce stress or provide much-needed outdoor activity for today’s smartphone-addicted youth. But there’s plenty to be done before the community enjoys the fruits (and vegetables) of its labor.
First, the garden has to be parceled out to those who want in. There are three plots to choose from: a 10’ x 10’-size plot ($10), 10’ x 20’-size plot ($20), and a raised bed ($25).
To apply for a plot, register at Flat Rock Community Garden. Plots are assigned on a first-come-first-serve basis, subject to availability. For those who don’t want to buy a plot but still get involved, email Support Local Flat Rock–they’re looking for volunteers with green thumbs to help!
To learn more, call (734) 606-4867 or visit Support Local Flat Rock’s Facebook page.