"...for many Southwest Michigan residents, a regular supply of fresh vegetables isn’t so easy to come by."
Brenda Kolkman and Linda Clarey, two of eight coordinators of the Giving Garden in Kalamazoo, see these needs as inspiration for the hard work they put in from March through October on property generously provided by Humphrey Products and Kendall Electric in Kalamazoo, located at the corner of East N Avenue and Sprinkle Road.
Tucked between these two companies and a set of railroad tracks, the Giving Garden reaches its 20th year serving our community this year. The garden was founded by Master Gardener Mike Blakely in 1997. The current coordinators, also certified as Master Gardeners, now excitedly carry on Blakely’s legacy. Clarey has been there since the beginning, noting substantial growth of the garden beyond that of its plants."