exciting things are happening on logan street! our very own kristin & matthew fowler have decided to make the baxter neighborhood their home for years to come.
they were recently donated the abandoned house next to the garden and have been offered the opportunity to attempt the “living building challenge.”
their dream is to create a community-oriented home that would, in collaboration with the treehouse garden, become a neighborhood hub for gathering, eating, studying, sharing, and living.
visit their site to learn more about this beautiful endeavor they’ve decided to call “the nest.”
The Nest – Living Building Challenge
looking back at last summer’s work feels good. we are constantly overwhelmed by the support and cooperation we experienced as this project took shape. from ideas to materials to manual labor to financial backing, the treehouse garden became a reality through the efforts of many. we are so grateful.
join us in a little reminiscence:
articles about the treehouse garden:
Visbeen Architects Blog
Built From Scratch Blog
things are in full swing! the vegetable plants are flourishing, flowers are blooming, and the charcoal grill has definitely gotten some use. you can see pictures of our first neighborhood bbq here. hooray for summer!
things are ever-changing at the treehouse community garden. at this point, most of our beds have been planted, our landscaping is off to a good start, and the fence is slowly going up. what a difference these things have made! we continue to be grateful for the help of friends, family, and neighbors who have made it all possible. life is springing up everywhere, and we can’t wait to see this place grow.
folks, summer is just about here, and things are looking summery at the treehouse community garden. the latest and greatest from 1045 logan is the completion of the raised beds! all that beautiful, rich dirt has been shoveled into place, thanks to a wonderful group of volunteers last weekend. (for pictures, click here!)
not only is the soil ready to go, but Grapids Irrigation installed a state-of-the-art irrigation system for us. i’m serious. sprinklers AND faucets, right alongside our vegetable beds! this is the real deal. in addition, our amazing friend josh came out again last saturday and worked magic on the garden shed – and it’s almost done! just a few touch-ups here and there, and we have a gorgeous place to store our tools…not to mention a porch for where to drink ice tea during the hot summer months. (evening bluegrass and barbecues, anyone?)
this saturday, may 19, we plan to hold sign-ups for neighbors to claim beds for their families, along with a cleanup session; all of this to ready the garden for our big PLANTING DAY, scheduled for may 26th at 10am. come one, come all! it’s going to be a fun day of planning, digging, singing, planting, and hanging out at the treehouse community garden. grab a trowel, some gardening gloves, and your sunglasses and come out for the party.
have you heard of The Simple Way? if you haven’t, you need to hit their website.
this inspiring organization out of philadelphia has not only had a profound impact on many of the treehouse community members individually, but they have recently been used to encourage us in a tangible way!
as part of a “green space initiative,” The Simple Way was offering grants to others who share the dream of loving their neighbors through the work of God’s creation. we presented our vision for the treehouse community garden, and were chosen to receive a “green grant!”
considering our plans for this once-abandoned lot on logan street, we can use all of the help we can get – so here’s a huge THANK YOU to The Simple Way for believing in us enough to invest in the future of this project!
so much has happened since our last blog post…from an empty city lot to a dream in action. a few weeks ago, an amazing group of beautiful friends showed up for our second big work day – and what progress we made! twelve raised beds were built and placed, garbage was collected, foliage was cut back, mulch was spread, and our shed was brought halfway to completion.
we could not have accomplished any of this important work without the help of our friends from Thornapple Evangelical Covenant Church, along with many others who showed up to contribute to the vision of the treehouse community garden! what a blessing our generous volunteers have been.
although there is still a lot of work to be done, we are excited and encouraged by how far we have come…and it’s almost time to plant!
here are the before and after photos, plus a shot of the volunteer team…
in the process of planning this garden, we have been blown away by the generosity and good will of the people of grand rapids! this week we were blessed by West Michigan Tree Services. they came and cleared our lot of all the dying and unwanted trees, and they did it for nothing in return!
the health and safety of the treehouse community garden was dependent on the removal of those trees, which we could not have afforded on our own. what a gift! thank you to WMTS for your support and belief in this community project.
the lot is now ready for our big work day tomorrow! next up: shed and raised bed construction. YES.
things are moving forward!
last week we were able to lay a cement foundation for the garden shed. matt and friends josh, ryan, troy, and ted did a beautiful job! we are now ready to construct the much-needed shed to store all of our gardening tools…
none of this would have been possible without the generosity of the Grand Rapids Gravel Company and Concrete Central, Inc., both of whom gave us large discounts on their products.
a huge thank you to them – we are so grateful for their investment in the baxter neighborhood!
in the past few days, we have moved a lot of branches! over the weekend, kristin and matt took a chainsaw to some scraggly, unwanted trees on the lot. thanks to them, and our friend josh rondeau who leant us his chainsaw, we have room to build a shed!
on tuesday night a few of us went out there and dragged all of the branches and stumps into a pile for the tree removal service, which is scheduled to come in the next couple of weeks.
on the dockett: pouring cement, drafting the shed, buying hardware, lumber delivery, and the construction of the shed and raised beds!