Project:  DTE Energy Gardens

Project Details:   Putting in tomato stakes, planting early season crops, spreading compost, and setting up walkways. 

Date:  April 28, 2012

Time:  9:00 a.m. – Noon

Location:  DTE Energy Jupiter Station Garden

15250 Goddard Road    |     Allen Park, MI  48101

Project:  DTE Energy Gardens

Project Details:   Putting in tomato stakes, planting early season crops, spreading compost, and setting up walkways. 

Date:  April 28, 2012

Time:  9:00 a.m. – Noon

Location:  DTE Energy Jupiter Station Garden

15250 Goddard Road    |     Allen Park, MI  48101(This garden is located on the north side of Goddard Road at the second driveway east of the I-75 overpass.)

Project Details:   Putting in tomato stakes, planting early season crops, spreading compost, and setting up walkways.

Here is a brief introduction to the project:

The DTE Energy Gardens Project is a joint venture between DTE Energy, Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan (Gleaners) and many volunteers in our community.  In 2011, the project included 10 community gardens that covered a total area of approximately 3.2 acres and produced more than 44,600 pounds of food for Gleaners to distribute to people in need in Southeastern Michigan. Your participation will enable another person at a homeless shelter, food bank, or food pantry to eat locally grown fresh produce.  Enjoy the sounds of nature.  Feel the summer breeze. Teach a child about caring for a plant. Pick fresh produce.  Water and care for the plants that are making people healthy.  There are community gardens in Macomb County (Washington Township), Monroe County (Frenchtown Township), Oakland County (Birmingham, Farmington Hills, Lyon Township, Pontiac, Southfield), and Wayne County (Allen Park, Plymouth Township and Westland).  

To learn more about the project go to www.dteenergy.com/gardens.

 

Parking: 

Park your car parallel to the sidewalk along Goddard Road.  This will make it easiest for us to get the maximum number of cars onto the property without vehicles being blocked in by other cars. 

 

Reminders:

  • We start each day with a safety briefing on proper tool usage. Please use the tools only as they are intended and with the enough space between you and anyone else so that no one is in the “line of fire.”
  • “If in doubt, take a time-out.” If you’re not sure what’s going on with a job, stop the work, ask questions to clarify, and do not proceed until you are sure you can do so safely.
  •  Please bring your own garden supplies (i.e., shovels, hand spade, hoes, gloves, scissors, and pruning clippers) to the garden.  Many tools look the same; to avoid problems please label your tools. Some equipment will be available if you do not have any tools.
  • Please stay at least 6 feet away from the substation fence.
  •  Remember safety when parking your vehicle at the gardens. 
  • Remember to wear closed toe shoes, which can get muddy, to avoid injury to your toes.
  •  Please note that some of our projects may require lifting.  If so, please lift with your legs, not your back.  If you are unable to perform any lifting due to a disability or can’t perform an assigned task, please notify our staff. We will find a suitable task for you.  We do our best to make accommodations for those who are disabled, injured or have other health conditions. Just make sure the site coordinator is aware of your concerns.
  •  Remember to wear sunscreen and bring water.
  • There are no bathrooms at the locations, so please plan accordingly.
  • Please note that clean up is part of your volunteer visit with us. We have to make certain that all trash is picked up and tools are placed in their designated areas.  The next group should experience a clean, organized garden for their visit as well.

Sign-Up :  Sign-up at www.atimetohelp.org or contact Project Coordinator, Marci Fitch at 313-993-4700 or marci@atimetohelp.org  

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