We are about Sustainable Agriculture, Inclusion, and Earth Stewardship
The Neighborhood Garden Coalition (NGC), is a largely undiscovered gem of volunteerism in Oakland County. It was formed in 2010 for the purpose of starting new community gardens in Oakland County, MI. Our objectives are; to provide community interaction and gardening experience for people of all mental and physical abilities and to provide food for hungry Oakland County residents. The NGC is a 501(c) 3 non-profit and is a volunteer based organization funded through private donations. We seek to build partnerships sharing the value of sustainable farming and developing an inclusive environment.
The NGC is best known for Everyone's Garden in Berkly, MI and our programs for people with disabilities. Throughout the summer, we host many groups from Tri-County area. These include: The Judson Center, The JCC, JARC, JVS, Berkley Schools, Rainbow Rehabilitation, and more. This program exposes participants to the importance of growing vegetables and the steps that are required. These include: composting and growing healthy soil, planting, weeding, harvesting, and packaging.
Our community garden provides significant improvement in mental and physical health for all participating members, working with an inclusive team, and building self esteem.
If you live near one of our gardens, get involved to receive portions of each harvest. We accept volunteers regardless of skill level. There is a rotation in roles, but we’ll teach you all the skills you need to know. Teenagers 14 years and older can earn community service credits for school in addition to getting produce for their families. Donations are also vital to our growth, as we use them for seed, fertilizer, tools, and outreach.