Community Partners & Collaborations
It takes a lot of help and support from community organizations and individuals to make community garden a success. We are humbled and thankful for the support we have received.
- The Kalamazoo County Land Bank is our partner in the Eco-Garden project. We entered into their “Adopt-A-Lot” program for three of the four lots, and they are collaborating with us on the development of the four lots as a permiculture and community garden space.
- The Kalamazoo Community Foundation has been supportive of Trybal Revival Gardens in awarding us a Spirit of Community: Environment Fund grant which will fund the purchase of all the major plantings in the Eco-Garden, as well as a Good Neighbor grant which helped establish the Community Garden.
- Common Ground provides resources and support to community gardens throughout Kalamazoo County. This is a collaboration between The Kalamazoo County Land Bank, Fair Food Matters, MSU Extension, and The Kalamazoo Nature Center.
- Fair Food Matters is a great advocate for community gardening initiatives throughout Kalamazoo and southwest Michigan. They have acted as our fiduciary on several occasions in the grant process.
- The IDEA Association has been enthusiastically encouraging of our endeavors; they have acted as our fiduciary in the grant process.
- Volunteer Kalamazoo has included us in several of their community-wide service days which has provided us with incredible volunteer labor in the gardens. The Volunteer Center also offers a free service on their website of posting and promoting individual volunteer projects/opportunities.
- Peace House has encouraged and supported our community and garden initiatives as long as we have known them. They moved into the neighborhood about the same time we did, and we became fast friends and enjoy partnering with them on community initiatives and events.
- The Eastside Neighborhood Association has helped to promote our gardens within the Eastside neighborhood. We also enjoy contributing excess food from our gardens to the Eastside Food Distribution program during the summer months.
- The Eastside Neighborhood Health Group promotes and encourages healthier lifestyles by providing nutritional education and organizing opportunities for exercise and activity. We are thrilled to be part of this important initiative in our neighborhood.
Volunteers and Donations
Amazing things have been accomplished in the Trybal Revival gardens through the efforts of enthusiastic, hardworking volunteers. Both the Community Garden and the Eco-Garden have benefited immensely from the efforts of many volunteers. We could never accomplish all of this by ourselves. Our appreciation for volunteers is deep and soul-felt.
Several companies and organizations have donated supplies, equipment, and services to the Trybal Revival Gardens which has allowed us to do so much more with the limited resources we have. We appreciate the support these organizations have given us.
The following organizations have generously supplied volunteers, supplies, or other in-kind support to the Trybal Revival Gardens:
City of Kalamazoo
Mary Ann’s MI Trees & Shrubs
Westminster Presbyterian Church
Hill Top Construction
Miracle Camp & Retreat Center
Second Reform Church
Western Michigan University
Bread for the Journey
Notre Dame Club
Sunnyside Methodist Church