Grow Saginaw and The Friends of Theodore Roethke got together today to build four sustainable garden beds at Good Neighbor's Mission in Saginaw.
The planters are framed in wood, but the filler just might surprise you, it's straw bales.
Once the straw bales are in place in the planters, they're amended with natural fertilizers that help to decompose the straw and turn it into compost right in place making it the perfect growing medium for vegetables.
"Community gardens have been proven to reduce crime and increase a sense of pride and ownership," said Padraic Ingle from Grow Saginaw. "If you can get the community together, you can overcome apathy and alienation and re-instill a pride in the neighborhood."
That's something the mission is really hoping for, not only pride in the neighborhood, but pride in themselves.
"The whole community will benefit from the gardens," said Ron Hawkins with the Good Neighbor's Mission. "We believe that these gardens will put an end to some of the violence here in the city of Saginaw."
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