Where we started

Tender Heart Gardens began as a queer and trans growing collective, founded in 2017. We began growing on city lots leased from the Ingham County Land Bank on Lansing’s Eastside. One of our two locations is in the Urbandale floodplain, on a 1/3 acre parcel of land on South Foster.

Our garden managers, Morgan Doherty and Ana Wolken, are supported by many LGBTQA+ community members who provide seasonal volunteer labor. We are a member garden of the Capital United Land Trust, raising funds to secure collectively held land for marginalized growers.

Our harvest is shared among growers, volunteers, and community members.

To join our 2022 planning team, fill out an interest form.

Our Principles:

All people deserve quality food.

Land is essential to social justice.

Outdoor education is an investment in our future.

Stewardship is a gift and a responsibility.

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