Grow Your Own Food at The Farm at St. Joe’s
Have you always wanted to try your hand at growing a vegetable garden? Are you looking for a place close to work with comradery and advice about how to start gardening? Or, maybe you’re an expert gardener but your yard is too shady? Then join with fellow SJMHS Ann Arbor staff at the Staff Community Garden at The Farm at St. Joe’s!
Plans for building an expanded and fenced-in staff garden are underway at The Farm at SJMHS Ann Arbor. SJMHS Ann Arbor employees will be able to sign-up for a garden plot on a first come, first served basis this spring.
For a fee to cover the use of the plot for the summer, SJMHS staff gardeners will get a composted, tilled plot in a communal, fenced-in area with sustainable paths and access to water. The garden will be located outside, near the hoop houses at The Farm at St. Joe’s.
Standard plot: 7′ x 5′; there will be 29 plots this size. The cost is $15 plus a refundable deposit of $25 ($40).
Double plot: 7′ x 10′; there will be 15 plots this size. The cost is $25 plus a refundable deposit of $35 ($60). We ask that experienced gardeners or groups of people who are committed to maintaining their plot sign-up for these.
Signing up: You may sign up as an individual or as a group. However, when registering, we ask that one person registers and pays for the plot(s). Sign up and pay the fee for the single plot here and the double plot here. One plot per person. Note: Gardeners must be SJMHS employees at the time of signing-up. Refunds will be provided to gardeners that clean-out their plot in the fall.The deposit will be collected at orientation.
Orientation to the Staff Garden[required] To participate you must attend one of the orientation dates. Orientation will last 30-45 min and will include a tour of the Farm, a review of the governing rules, and a chance to meet Amanda and Rozelle. Please note that we will be collecting the deposit (preferably a check dated to November) and a signed copy of the Community Garden Rules. Orientation will be held from 12:30-1pm on May 22 at the Farm (5557 McAuley Dr.). Checks should be made out to St. Joseph Mercy Hospital.
Note: Gardeners must be SJMHS employees at the time of signing-up. Refunds will be provided to gardeners that clean-out their plot in the fall.
Opening: this depends on the weather and our ability to prep the soil. Dates can range from the last week of April to mid-May.
Closing: Gardens must be cleaned up by Oct 15th.
For more information, or if you have questions please contact the Community Garden Coordinator: Rozelle Copeland (Rozelle.Copeland@stjoeshealth.org)
Here is the complete set of rules for the Community Garden
Work Day to Build the Staff Community Garden:
If you are as excited about the SJMHS staff community garden as we are, then come on out to The Farm at St. Joe’s and help us improve it!
Work Day: Sunday May 22 1-4om
Location: The Farm at St. Joe’s located on McAuley Drive, near the intersections with Elliott Drive and with Clark Road/Huron River Drive at the south-east edge of campus.
What to Bring: Sunscreen and plenty of water. We have all of the tools.
In Case of Rain: Call Amanda Sweetman: office: 734-712-4667
cell: 734-604-9643, email: Amanda.Sweetman@stjoeshealth.org