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2014 Catalog Workshops & Programs Garden Supplies & Services Produce Support

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Gardening Supplies GardenHouse Merch GardenHouse Produce Gardening Services GardenHouse Workshops Educational Courses GardenHouse Youth Get Involved Donor Opportunities Order Form

Our Mission The Hunter Park GardenHouse is a project of Allen Neighborhood Center, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization in Lansing, Michigan. The GardenHouse serves as a demonstration site and hub for year-round garden education. Neighbors volunteer to grow food, flowers, and community; and youth develop job and life skills in service to the neighborhood. For six years, the Hunter Park GardenHouse has empowered neighbors to grow, prepare, and eat healthy food to better their health and become more connected with the community. We are open 6 days a week, and offer a wide assortment of programs. Thanks for checking out our 2014 Catalog! Proceeds from the featured products and services support our programs and serve our community, because that’s what we are all about.


Gardening Supplies Raised Garden Bed Kits Gardening made easy! A planting box is just the thing for summer veggies, herbs, and flowers! Raised garden beds solve the issue of amending the soil to make it acceptable for gardening. They lengthen the growing season, help the soil retain nutrients, and reduce the risk of pests and weeds. Kits include untreated white pine, hardware, and instructions. A hand screwdriver is the only tool needed for assembly. Call for pricing on custom sizes. Kits are available for pick-up only. Pre-assembly is available. Please allow 1-2 weeks for construction. Raised 11’’ 4ft x 4ft $45.00 4ft x 8ft $65.00

Raised 22’’ 4ft x 4ft 4ft x 8ft

Plant Starts Get a jump start on the growing season with our sustainably-grown veggies, herbs, and flowers. All plants are started from seed in the Hunter Park GardenHouse. Multiple varieties of tomato, eggplant, pepper, kale, collard, Swiss chard, basil, parsley, and flowers available. Pre-Order due Friday, February 21 GardenHouse Plant Sale Saturday, May 31, 10am-2pm. For more info on plant varieties, visit:

$70.00 $90.00

Seed Starting Pack Grow your own! Fits nicely in a sunny window. Seed starting pack includes 1 plastic tray (no holes), 48 cell inserts, enough soil mix to fill them, and 1 clear dome to hold in heat and moisture. $7.00 Season Extension Kits Grow earlier & later in the season. Create a low-tunnel in your backyard with one of our easily assembled kits. Low-tunnels protect plants from harsh elements and increase the temperature inside the tunnel by creating an insulating barrier. Kits include curved metal conduit hoops, 6 mil poly-film plastic, clips, hardware, and assembly instructions. 4ft x 4ft kit $40.00 4ft x 8ft kit $55.00

Seed Packets Large variety of vegetable, herb, and flower seeds available. Call for more info on specific varieties. $0.50 per packet

Combo Pack: 1 Raised Garden Bed Kit + 1 Season Extension Kit Save money by bundling. Your choice of the following. Raised 11’’ 4ft x 4ft $75.00 4ft x 8ft $110.00 3

Raised 22’’ 4ft x 4ft 4ft x 8ft

$100.00 $135.00 4

Super Poo Worm Castings Made in the GardenHouse with our red wiggler worms! We turned our fruit & veggie scraps into awesome fertilizer for your garden plants! 2-pound bag $5.00

GardenHouse Merch GardenHouse T-Shirts Supporting a good cause is always in style. Printed on American Apparel 100% soft jersey cotton t-shirts, we have unisex sizes available. Delivery date varies from 2-4 weeks. Color: Grass Fine Jersey Short Sleeve T-Shirt (Unisex) $15.00 Sizes: XS, S, M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL For size chart, go to:

Morgan Composting Outdoor Plant Mix 301 Perfect for direct planting in containers and raised beds. Made in Michigan. Great for growing anything outdoors, whether it be direct planting, or amending 2 or more inches. Just water well and transfer plants directly into this mix. 1 cubic foot bag $10.00 Poly-Film Plastic for Season Extension Purchase however much you need. This 6 mil, high-quality, clear plastic is durable for long-winters. Offers 92% light transmission. Plastic is 10 ft wide, and purchased by the linear foot. Recommend ordering 12 feet for 4’x4’ raised bed, and16 feet for 4’x8’ raised bed. $1.50 per linear foot



GardenHouse Produce Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Get your fill of fresh veggies. We grow and sell produce through a Multi-Season CSA, providing access to affordable, sustainably-grown veggies, nearly year-round. We offer work-shares and accept EBT for payment. Members sign up at the beginning of a season, and commit to purchasing produce for the full season. It is a great way to meet other community members, talk about food, try new recipes, eat healthy, and sharpen gardening skills. Membership in the CSA is offered at the beginning of each season, through an application process. More details can be found at:

Spring Greens CSA (6 weeks, March-April) $60 for season. Payment via Lump sum or Weekly SNAP/EBT payments. Produce includes: salad mix and cooking greens (Swiss chard, kale, collards). Summer CSA (14 weeks, June-August) $280 (All Pay), $140 (1/2 pay & 1/2 work), or Work only (16 work hours per month) for season. Payment via Lump sum, Monthly, or Weekly SNAP/EBT payments. Produce includes: salad mix, head lettuce, cooking greens (Swiss chard, kale, collards), carrots, tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, beets, cucumbers, summer squash, radish, pole beans, basil, turnips, scallions, onions, potatoes, herbs, and flowers.

GardenHouse Wholesale & Direct Produce Sales Order up! Wholesale & Direct produce & flower sales are available through the Allen Market Place Exchange or by contacting us: 517-9993910.

Gardening Services Visiting Gardener Bring GardenHouse expertise to your yard. Schedule a yard call with our Gardening Educator, who helps Eastside neighbors tackle various gardening issues. Examples of services: identify plant diseases in your garden, help plan the layout of a new garden, pick out vegetables that work best for your yard, show you how to grow and care for different kinds of vegetables, etc. Contact Geoff to schedule: 517-999-3910 or Suggested donation: $15 (free for low-income households)

Fall-Winter CSA (20 weeks, October-February) $400 (All Pay), $200 (1/2 pay & 1/2 work), or Work only (16 work hours per month) for season. Payment via Lump sum, Monthly, or Weekly SNAP/EBT payments. Produce includes: salad mix, cooking greens (Swiss chard, kale, collards), carrots, beets, Brussels sprouts, bok choi, scallions, winter squash (acorn, butternut, delicata), potatoes, onions, radish, turnips, kohlrabi, garlic, herbs, and flowers.



2014 GardenHouse Workshops Come to the Hunter Park GardenHouse for a full menu of yearround gardening education workshops. Please RSVP for any of the following workshops by contacting Geoff:, 517-999-3910, or use the order form in this catalog.

Seed Starting and Transplanting Saturday, March 15, 12:30-2pm, $5-10 suggested donation. Tips and tricks to grow successful vegetable plants from seed. Workshop led by Denae Friedheim of Foodshed Farm. Soil Care in Home & Community Gardens Saturday, March 29, 12:30-2pm, $5-10 suggested donation. Create healthy soil for your backyard or community garden space. Workshop led by Brian Allnutt of Detroit Farm and Garden. Composting 101 Saturday, April 12, 12:30-2pm, $5-10 suggested donation. Everything you need to know to get started with outdoor and indoor composting. Workshop led by Sarah FIllius of Lansing Urban Farm Project. Herbal & Medicinal Plant Care Saturday, April 19, 12:30-2pm, $5-10 suggested donation. Learn the health benefits of herbal tea and medicinal plants. Workshop led by local herbalist, K’Anna Burton.

Intro to Beekeeping Saturday, January 18, 12:30-2pm, $5-10 suggested donation. This workshop will teach the basics of backyard beekeeping, equipment needed, and safety. Workshop led by beekeepers Jeremy Sprague and Matt Wojack. Planning Your Gardening Year Saturday, February 15, 12:30-2pm, $5-10 suggested donation. Plan the layout, crops, and planting schedule for your home garden. Workshop led by Linda Anderson of Lansing Urban Farm Project. Value-Added Dairy Saturday, March 1, 12:30-2pm, $5-10 suggested donation. Learn the processes, recipes, and equipment used to make cheese, yogurt, ice cream, and soap. Workshop led by Sue Spagnuolo of Greenbush Farms & Dolce Vita Dairy. Urban Chicken Care Saturday, March 8, 12:30-2pm, $5-10 suggested donation. Learn the basics of housing, care, and maintenance to produce eggs for you and your family. Workshop led by local chicken guru Corie Jason. 9

Gardening Basics Saturday, April 26, 12:30-2pm, $5-10 suggested donation. New to gardening? Learn tips to growing a successful garden. Workshop led by Devon Rossman of Hunter Park GardenHouse. Intro to Aquaponics Saturday, May 3, 12:30-2pm, $5-10 suggested donation. Learn the exciting method of growing vegetables and fish in a single, closed-loop system. Workshop led by Bryan Grove of Ever Green Aquaponics. Organic Pest and Disease Management Saturday, May 17, 12:30-2pm, $5-10 suggested donation. Learn how to identify, prevent, and treat vegetable plant damage by common pests. Workshop led by Dan Fillius of MSU Student Organic Farm. Small Fruit Production Saturday, June 7, 12:30-2pm, $5-10 suggested donation. Learn all about growing small fruits (raspberries, blackberries, strawberries, etc.) in your home garden. Workshop led by Dr. Eric Hanson & Diane Brown of MSU Horticulture Dept.


Basic Construction Skills for Gardening Saturday, June 28. 12:30-2pm, $5-10 suggested donation. Learn helpful skills that will guide you in an assortment of home & garden projects. Workshop led by Rita O’Brien of Hunter Park GardenHouse. Flower Arranging Saturday, August 2, 12:30-2pm, $5-10 suggested donation. Learn the art of flower arranging, and what flower varieties to grow for bouquets. Workshop led by Barb Laxton of Allen Neighborhood Center. Preserving Your Harvest Saturday, August 9, 12:30-2pm, $5-10 suggested donation. Put those veggies and herbs to good use! Learn different preservation techniques to get the most from your garden. Workshop led by Johnny Bolan of Lansing City Market. Season Extension in Home Gardens Saturday, September 20, 12:30-2pm, $5-10 suggested donation. Learn techniques to extend your outdoor gardening season. Workshop led by Colleen Synk of Waltzing Willow Gardens.

Educational Courses Urban Gardener Certification Program This program, intended for beginner to intermediate gardeners, features 10 sessions of instruction in basic yard and greenhouse gardening skills. Participants will have handson instruction as we plant and care for a garden together over the length of the program. Registrants attend Saturday workshops with special guest lecturers, and additional Tuesday evening labs offering hands-on practice with GardenHouse staff. Participants receive a certificate at the end of the course. More info about the program and schedule online: Program fee is reduced with work-share hours: $100 (no work-share hours) $75 (complete 20 work-share hours) $50 (complete 40 work-share hours)

Homebrewing Basics Saturday, November 15, 12:30-2pm, $5-10 suggested donation. Interested in brewing your own beer? Learn the ingredients and processes involved in homebrewing. Workshop led by Matt Jason of Sleepwalker Spirits & Ales.

Permaculture Design Certificate Course August 11-16 & August 18-23 Learn how to harness the patterns and power of nature to live a sustainable lifestyle. This two week intensive course is an internationally recognized 72-hour course developed to empower you with the tools of Permaculture Design. Course led by Dani Slabaugh of Yard to Table Gardens. For more information and to register, visit: 11


GardenHouse Youth

Youth Projects

Planting seeds for the future. Our free after-school and summer youth programs teach youth valuable gardening, nutrition, physical fitness, leadership, teamwork, and various other job and life skills. Take Root Garden Club, for youth ages 5-10, focuses on food, gardening, nutrition, and physical fitness. Youth participate in educational games and activities, tend their own veggie garden, and make healthy snack recipes. Permissions slips available at:

During School Year: Tuesday & Thursday, 4:00pm-5:00pm at Foster Community Center During Summer: Tuesday & Thursday, 10:30am-12:00pm at GardenHouse

Garden-in-a-Box project provides a small-scale introduction to yard gardening for residents with limited income, gardening ability, and/or mobility while enabling youth to develop skills in horticulture, simple carpentry, and communication with diverse residents. Edible Park project encourages park visitors to help themselves to fresh produce from fruiting trees and bushes, and perennial herbs from designated spaces in Hunter Park, that youth plant and nurture.

Youth Service Corps, for youth ages 11-17, is a job and life skills training program focusing on food availability projects. Current projects include: Garden-in-a-Box, Edible Park, Park Cart, and Fruit Tree Project.

School year enrollment is limited to 20 youth, and Summer enrollment is limited to 30 youth. To be considered for membership, complete and return a YSC Registration Form, available at: During School Year: Wednesday, 3:30pm-5:30pm, at GardenHouse During Summer: Monday-Friday, session times/days vary based on youth availability


Park Cart project enables youth to learn business, marketing, and food safety skills as they sell healthy, low-cost snacks, beverages, and fresh produce to park visitors during the summer season. Park Cart Open Hours: June-August, Monday 2:30-4pm & Tuesday-Friday 1-4pm Fruit Tree Project teaches youth valuable horticulture skills as they map neighborhood fruit trees, plant fruit trees throughout the neighborhood, and redistribute fruit to neighbors, food pantry recipients, youth, and volunteers. To map your fruit tree and read more about the project, visit: s/#fruittreeproject 14

Get Involved Our programs rely on help from volunteers. In addition to daily volunteer shifts, we also have periodic events that require volunteer help. It is a great opportunity to meet others, partake in hands-on garden and nutrition education, and give back to the community. To volunteer with us, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator:, 517-999-3919.

GardenHouse Donor OpPortunities Standard Donor Benefits All donors receive recognition via the Allen Neighborhood Center’s bimonthly print newsletter (distribution of 3,500), and name listed in the Allen Neighborhood Center Annual Report. Friend of the GardenHouse $250 Standard Donor Benefits GardenHouse Workshop Sponsor $500 Standard Donor Benefits plus choice of 1 workshop in the 2014 series in which name/logo will be added to all workshop promotional materials. GardenHouse Youth Programs Sponsor $1,000 Standard Donor Benefits plus name/logo hung in the GardenHouse for two months; mention in GardenHouse communications 5 times. GardenHouse 2014 Workshop Series Sponsor $2,500 Standard Donor Benefits plus name/logo on all GardenHouse 2014 workshop series promotions; name/logo hung in the GardenHouse throughout 2014; mention in GardenHouse communications 5 times. GardenHouse “Donation Made in Your Name” The gift that grows. Contact us for details on how to make a donation in the name of a friend, co-worker, or loved one. You decide the amount of your gift.

GardenHouse Commemorative Bricks Celebrate a life event or honor a special person, occasion or memory. Pavers are placed in the indoor walkways of the GardenHouse, where they will be enjoyed for years. Pavers are inscibed with words of your choice. 3 lines, 15 characters per line. 4’’x 8’’ paver $100.00 15


Order Form

(please print clearly)

Name: Address: Email: Phone: Item Cost x GARDENING SUPPLIES Raised Garden Bed Kit 4’x4’x11’’ $45 x 4’x4’x22’’ $70 x 4’x8’x11’’ $65 x 4’x8’x22’’ $90 x Season Extension Kit 4’x4’ $40 x 4’x8’ $55 x Combo Pack: Raised Garden Bed Kit + Season Extension Kit 4’x4’x11’’ $75 x 4’x4’x22’’ $100 x 4’x8’x11’’ $110 x 4’x8’x22’’ $135 x Seed Starting Pack $7 x Seed Packets $0.50 x Super Poo Worm Castings $5 x Morgan Composting Outdoor Plant Mix $10 x Poly-Film Plastic for Season Ext. (linear foot) $1.50 x GARDENHOUSE MERCH Unisex T-Shirt (note size) GARDENING SERVICES Visiting Gardener Session (*cost waived if low-income)


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GARDENHOUSE DONOR Friend of the GardenHouse $250 x _____ = _______ GardenHouse Workshop Sponsor $500 x _____ = _______ GardenHouse Youth Programs Sponsor $1,000 x _____ = _______ GardenHouse 2014 Workshop Series Sponsor $2,500 x _____ = _______ GardenHouse “Donation Made in Your Name” $____ x _____ = _______ GardenHouse Commemorative Brick $100 x _____ = _______ Brick inscription EXACTLY as it should read. Use upper or lower case letters, spaces, punctuation. Some symbols are available. 15 spaces per line max. __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ WORKSHOPS/COURSES Name Day/Time Cost ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ TOTAL PAYMENT DUE:_______________ PAYMENT Check Enclosed Cash Enclosed Credit Card / Cardholder Name________________________________________ Account Number__________________________________Exp. Date______________

How to place An Order Mail Mail the order form and payment to Allen Neighborhood Cen-

ter, 1619 E. Kalamazoo St., Lansing, MI 48912. Please do not mail cash.

Phone Call 517-999-3910 and have your credit card information ready. Email Scan or photograph the order form and email it to ritao@allen- Don’t email credit card info- we’ll call you for payment information.

In Person at ANC Stop in the Allen Neighborhood Center (1619 E. Kalamazoo St., Lansing, MI 48912) with the order form and payment. Open hours are: Monday-Thursday 9am-5:30pm, Friday 9am-5pm.

at GardenHouse Stop in the Hunter Park GardenHouse (1400 block E. Kalamazoo

St., Lansing, MI 48912) with the order form and payment. Summer Hours (June-August) Monday-Friday 10am-12pm & 5:30-7:30pm; Saturday 9am-12pm Fall-Winter-Spring Hours (September-May) Monday-Friday 3:305:30pm; Saturday 10am-12pm We accept cash, check (made payable to Allen Neighborhood Center), and credit cards (Visa & MasterCard). Catalog pricing is good through October 2014.

Come Visit Us Summer Hours June-August Monday-Friday: 10am-12pm and 5:30-7:30pm Saturday: 9am-12pm Fall-Winter-Spring Hours September-May Monday-Friday: 3:30-5:30pm Saturday: 10am-12pm

Get In Touch Rita O’Brien Hunter Park GardenHouse Director Allen Neighborhood Center 517-999-3910 HunterParkGardenHouse

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