The Stadium Drive Community Garden is a sixty by one-hundred-twenty foot community garden operated by Western Michigan University. Garden plots are available to the public and the Office for Sustainability periodically sponsors workshops and other activities on location. We encourage students, staff, faculty, and Kalamazoo community members to actively participate in growing local and sustainable food. The garden is a place to learn, interact and have fun with others interested in growing fruits and vegetables. We encourage community garden participants to plant a row for the hungry and donate their extra produce to local food banks. Through gardening, we build relationships with students, community members and people in need. The Office for Sustainability is proud to be a part of the community garden movement here in Kalamazoo and encourages WMU students, faculty and staff to become involved.
|WMU Student||Non-WMU student|
|Standard plot (≈75 sq. ft.)||$15.00||$25.00|
|Large plot (≈150 sq. ft.)||$25.00||$35.00|
|Enhanced accessibility raised bed* (limited)||$20.00||$20.00|
Note: A $15.00 scholarship towards the cost of a bed is available to those who sign up for a volunteer shift (limit one per person per season).
*The Stadium Drive Community Garden is not officially designated as ADA accessible. However, our raised beds are designed to reduce barriers for gardeners who are in wheelchairs or have difficulty bending over.
ALL PLOTS FOR THE 2013 SEASON HAVE BEEN RESERVED. WE ARE NOW ON A WAITLIST FOR PLOTS. Joining our waitlist means we may contact you if any of our current gardeners abandon their plots.
Please visit Google Maps for directions to the Stadium Drive Apartments. Follow the entrance drive towards the back of the property and you will see the garden on your left.
In 2010, the Student Garden Organization (SGO), a registered student organization, developed and managed a student garden at Western Michigan University's Stadium Drive Apartments. At the beginning of the growing season the SGO brought a team of oxen from Tillers International, a local non-profit, to plow the field. During 2010, the SGO developed a 30’x120’ fenced area full of community garden plots. The garden has hosted a wide range of students and community members since 2010. In 2011, the Stadium Drive Apartment Manager co-managed the garden and involved a range of international apartment residents. In 2012 the garden transitioned from a student project into a long-term project of the Office for Sustainability.