ROOT Group Community Garden

In recent years, community gardens have been sprouting up across America in hopes of building healthier communities. From caring locals to national activists, many have realized the tremendous benefits that these green projects can bring to their neighborhoods. Three years ago, the Residents of Old Town (ROOT) Group decided to build a community garden here in Old Town.

The ROOT Group is made up of residents, property owners and local police officers interested in working to remedy issues that directly affect Old Town residents such as the Neighborhood Watch and Farmers Market. In hopes to further develop Old Town, Chad Badgero cavaliered a plan to build the garden and Ingham County Land Bank graciously donated a piece of land for the project. Today, the space has grown to include individual raised plots and a tool shed donated by Lowe’s.

Community gardens not only give residents a space to grow nutritious food, they also encourage community members and families to join together with the unified goal to better their neighborhood. As well as beautifying Old Town, the garden serves as a place for education, exercise, and inspiration for other green projects. Activists like First Lady Michelle Obama would argue that the most beneficial reason for residents to garden is to teach our youth the importance of eating healthy and appreciate growing their own fresh produce. Located across from Su Casa on Cedar Street, the Old Town garden continues to thrive thanks to hard work from the ROOT Group, coordinator Mike Davis, and community members.

Interested in starting your own plot in Old Town’s community garden? Call the OTCA office at 517-485-4283 or email For more information on the ROOT group call the number above, visit or join them at their monthly meetings held on the fourth Thursday of the month at 7pm at Sir Pizza Grand Café.