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Eden Gardens Community Association
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Chava Karen Knox and Blair Nosan, both members of Isaac Agree Downtown Synagogue, helped to develop and support the founding of Eden Gardens' Garden. Their vision of a community garden was brought to life with the support of $8,000.00 from the Jewish Women's Foundation.
We believe that the road to a healthy life begins with healthy eating. Our belief is rooted in teaching life skills to the younger generation while also building a lasting relationship between the youth and adults. Everyone who volunteers at the garden brings a new vibe and soul to our community. Together this small garden is changing the world.
Also, we continue to work alongside members of the Isaac Agree Downtown Synagogue to be an example to others that diversity works and together we can make a difference.
EGBC is located on the Northeast side on Detroit and encompasses Gratiot east to Dickerson and Rosemary north to Wilfred. Eden Gardens Block Club members work hard to provide a clean neighborhood for residents and have clean-up/board-up days throughout the summer.
Volunteers from Chrysler Group, LLC and Home Depot have supported us in our clean-up/board-up projects. Supplies have been provided by the City of Detroit, Chrysler and through grant funding. Special thanks to Daphne Harris, Davis Ross, and Chrysler and Home Depot volunteers for their ongoing support!
In 2016, we began work on a pocket park and fruit orchard. across the street from the garden. Both projects are now in the final stages and we're planning a opening celebration in spring/summer 2018. We want the park to be a place where families can gather, picnic and get to know their neighbors.
GERMAN SUMMER CAMP
This program gives students from Germany and other countries the opportunity to work in our community while exploring and exchanging cultural experiences with residents of the EGBC community and summer youth. This program invites students from abroad to learn about life in the City of Detroit, the struggles of Detroiters, and how each neighborhood is fighting to make Detroit a better place to live. This two-week camp gives them a chance to dispel stereotypes and negative myths about African-Americans and ends with a bonfire and picnic featuring German food. Students leave Detroit with a positive image of the City and the black community. We look forward to their visit each year.
In August 2017, six lucky young people from our community were given the opportunity to travel to Germany to learn about life and gardening in Berlin.
2015 student group from Germany along with community volunteers