community gardens

In the Spring of 2019 Allen Manor hosted a community Brunch and Build where several residents, neighbors, and other community members were able to come together to assemble garden beds for residents.   

Since then every new season has seen more garden boxes popping up in the neighborhood!  Bates Place Neighbors is proud to partner with Allen Manor, St. Philips Episcopal and other institutions in the neighborhood to provide neighbors the opportunity to grow their own produce.  

We're excited to see what 2023 holds for the community gardening spaces in our neighborhood!  If you live in the area and are interested in having your own garden bed let us know!  Whether you're new to gardening or have been doing it for years we would love the chance to partner with you, to grow good food, and spend time outside with other neighbors. Spring will be here before you know it and boxes are limited so if you're interested or have any questions don't hesitate to reach out to someone on the Bates Place team!

There are three community gardening sites in the neighborhood that work in support of each other. 

  • Bates Place Neighbors ( 636 Bates St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503)
  • St. Phillips's Episcopal Church (550 Henry Ave SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503)
  • Allen Manor Senior Housing (532 James Ave SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503)

Each site has between 6-12 garden beds and multiple plots available to neighbors.