Tender Heart Gardens is 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. We are currently growing in the Urbandale floodplain, on a 1/3 acre parcel of land on South Foster.
THG now operates as a collaborative on different projects with a shared vision, coordinated by a volunteer planning team. We are a member garden of the Capital United Land Trust, raising funds to secure collectively held land for marginalized growers. We are also a registered community garden with the Greater Lansing Food Bank’s Garden Project.
Our harvest is shared among growers and community members. We sell a limited amount of produce commercially to financially support our growing efforts. At least 10% of our gross sales are shared with local nonprofits, including the Nokomis Cultural Heritage Center, returning to the Anishinaabe people on whose land we work.
In the 2022 growing season, we plan to purchase the land we work on, and improve infrastructure, including rainwater harvesting and community gathering space.
Our growing projects include a garden for pollinators and medicinal herbs, and a soup garden that will provide nourishing food for water protectors.