Photos by Maria Keays

Since its start in 2010, the Jefferson Street Garden at 247 N. Jefferson in Bay City has been growing steadily. The house on the property was removed, new soil brought in, and mulch and crushed gravel added to provide structure. After hundreds of volunteer hours and several fundraising efforts, the garden has grown into a community effort. With neighborhood families gardening in seven plots and an eighth plot dedicated to producing food for local service agencies and food banks, the garden's yield is anticipated to be impressive.

Bay Area Housing received a grant to ensure the Jefferson St. Garden's continued growth and success. The grant from Bay Area Community Foundation will allow Jefferson St. Garden to install water on-site and a new shed to store tools and supplies in.

“The need for water and for a shed is crucial,” said Laura Stockwell, garden organizer. “Without the water, we would really struggle to grow vegetables. The Bay Area Community Foundation's grant will ensure that we have a successful year and hopefully encourage families to come back to learn and grow for years to come.”

The installation of the water will begin immediately and Do All, Inc. has agreed to build the shed. “The garden is all about building community and working with the Jefferson St. Garden on a shed funded by the Bay Area Community Foundation is a sign of building our community together. We're looking forward to it,” said Chris Girard, President and CEO of Do-All, Inc.

The Jefferson Street Garden group meets every Tuesday on a drop-in basis. Anyone is welcome to attend and lend a hand. The garden  has been filled with gardeners, but efforts are underway to establish landscaping and perennial beds, so volunteer assistance is welcomed. For more information, please visit