Partridge Creek Farm's Community Garden Sites
In 2023 PCF's garden sites produced a total of 2,000 lbs of food
Partridge Creek Community Garden
Our first big community-driven project in downtown Ishpeming. Hundreds of volunteers from the community came together to help us construct our first Incubator farm where we keep raised beds, a hoop house, bee hives and a brand new invention - the Yoopertopia Greenhouse.
Partridge Creek Intergenerational Farm
We received a grant from the Michigan Health Endowment Fund in 2021 and began plans for a 2-acre, intergenerational farm next to Ishpeming School and the Jasperlite Senior Housing. We broke ground in 2022.
Inspiration Orchard - A Community Food Forest
In partnership with Ishpeming's Inspiration Zone.
The Inspiration Orchard is one of our newer projects, constructed in 2019 by hundreds of volunteers throughout the community. The orchard is located on the corner of North & York street in Ishpeming and contains apple, plum, cherry, pear, crab apple and silver maple trees, as well as a wide variety of different berries.
Ishpeming Middle School Garden
In partnership with Ishpeming Public Schools.
Since building our Farm to School Program, 88% of our 5th graders have reported trying a new vegetable, 70% reported liking a vegetable they previously disliked, and 100% reported the gardening program as their favorite part of school. They LOVE caring for their garden beds, trying fresh vegetables, and taking healthy recipes home to their families. They LOVE connecting the garden with what they learn about in their science class. And without a doubt working in the garden is making giant strides to improving their lives and building a healthy Ishpeming!
Elk's Community Garden
In partnership with the Elk's Lodge of Ishpeming.
In 2017 we formed a partnership with the Elk's Lodge in Ishpeming and they allowed us to build a new garden site on their land. In addition to our traditional raised garden beds we also decided to experiment with Hugelkultur in this space. Hugelkultur are no-dig raised beds with a difference. They hold moisture, build fertility, maximise surface volume and are great spaces for growing fruit, vegetables and herbs.
Hematite Community Garden at Carpet One
In partnership with Carpet Specialists of Ishpeming.
On Earth Day in 2017, Carpet Specialists allowed us to build a garden site on land adjacent to their building. Over a hundred volunteers from local businesses and the community showed up to help us on Earth Day. The old mining truck and towers behind this garden site make for a beautiful scene for cars driving into downtown Ishpeming from the highway.
Birchview Power Garden
Partridge Creek Farm partnered with Birchview to help themcreate a vision for this garden!
Volunteers from the Lions Club, came from near and far to help build the garden beds, finish the fences, and load them with dirt!
The Michigan Community Service Commission donated money for paint and other supplies which helped to make the garden beds fun and colorful!
The Whole Kids Foundation donated money to cover the cost of the materials used to build the garden beds and fences!