Mishawaka Education Foundation Community Greenhouse Ribbon Cutting


The Mishawaka Parks Department will be having a ribbon cutting event for the Mishawaka Education Foundation Community Greenhouse on Saturday October 19th at 11am on the corner of Broadway and Marion Street where the newly constructed greenhouse is located. This is the 2nd City of Mishawaka community fundraiser project made possible by the Indiana Housing & Community Development Authority CreatINg Places program which provided a 100% match to funds raised by the community. The Mishawaka Education Foundation generously donated $10,000 to bring life to this new structure and 77 other patrons followed their lead to help raise the necessary funds.

The project was envisioned by the City of Mishawaka Landscape Manager & Urban Forester, Jake Crawford along with the students of the 2016 Landscape & Gardening Club at Mishawaka High School. Together they planned, fundraised, and constructed an 1,100 square foot greenhouse and community garden to act as a new meeting location for club activities and educational events. The project also included a community garden dedicated to Sara Barker, an avid gardener and resident of Mishawaka, who once had a house at this very location. This garden will act as a space for growing vegetables and allowing the Garden Club students a place to showcase their club activities.

The building will be maintained by the Parks Department but there are several organizations that will be assisting in projects and educational events which will be offered monthly starting in January of 2020. The School City of Mishawaka Young Adult Services program located at the Battell Community Center will help maintain and water plants inside the greenhouse. The ribbon cutting will include Mayor Dave Wood and other City Officials and team members who played a part in the project. This amazing project would not have been possible without community support and all are welcome to attend the event.