The Trybal Revival Eastside Eco-garden (TREE) got it’s start in June of 2011 when we partnered with the Kalamazoo County Land Bank by entering into an “Adopt-a-Lot” program for several lots in the 1500 block of East Michigan Avenue with the intent of establishing a small food forest on the site.
We kept the established mature deciduous trees toward the back of the property and added mostly nut trees (such as oak, hickory, chestnut). Working our way down the slope (toward the street) we’ve planted a section of fruit and nut trees and some berry bushes creating a small edible forest. Perennial and Annual vegetable beds are being developed closer to the street, and a community gathering space will be nestled in the midst of it all. The perimeter fence is planted with two varieties of table grapes.
The Land Bank has constructed a Garden Resource Shed at the eastern edge of the site. The shed stores tools and equipment available to all community gardeners in Kalamazoo. We are excited to be partnered with them as we re-create this little corner of the city and help others learn the benefits and joys of creating community around sustainable and healthy endeavors.
Pictured below is a plan of the development of the Eco-Garden. The trees and most of the shrubs/berries are planted. We’ve established a few perennial vegetables such as an asparagus patch, rhubarb, and horseradish. We are now in the phase of developing the production vegetable and herb beds.