Including Our Neighbors

The Creston Community Garden (CCG) project is a collaboration of six non-profit organizations in the Creston neighborhood on the northeast end of Grand Rapids. With the help of the Creston Neighborhood Association the desire for an inclusive community space took shape. Creston Christian Reformed Church granted use of the land known as the Carman Street Garden and St. Alphonsus Parish granted use of the land known as the Carrier Crest Garden.

The gardens have three main goals:

1.) To address food justice issues in the Creston neighborhood.

2.) To create a more inclusive community by partnering with people with developmental and physical disabilities for opportunities of fuller participation in the Creston community.

3.) To increase a sense of community ownership and stewardship and to foster the development of a community identity and spirit.

Funds were provided by: Communities of Shalom, Creston Christian Reformed Church, Grand Rapids Metro Ministry,Michigan Disabilities Rights Coalition Ron Fasset Fund for Justice, United Methodist Church Vital Ministries, and United Cerebral Palsy of Michigan.

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