Edible Landscaping Project
In conjunction with the Durand City Beautification project, The Durand Chamber of Commerce, Durand Downtown Development Authority, and the City of Durands Beautification Committee.
Ever since we have proposed to the City of Durand to integrate fruits and vegetables into their current landscaping we have had nothing but solid support. This project could be one of the first examples of edible landscaping promoted and funded by the city. Over time, we hope to build a beautiful mixture of bee-friendly flowers and citizen-friendly food as a permanent part of Durands downtown area. We will track the progress, the ups and downs of launching this pilot program. We hope that it will help bring food security to the residents and additional foot traffic in our downtown area.
The program is working hand in hand with the Durand Beautification Project and other local groups to ensure the success of the programs. These downtown initiatives will be completed in several phases. The phases are cleanup, design, planting, pruning and picking. Each of these days will be scheduled in advance and will be posted by the Durand Beautification project Facebook page along with the Durand Chamber of Commerce Facebook page.
Increase community involvement in the development of Durand MI.
Increase food security for residents and visitors.
Increase foot traffic to the business district of the city of Durand. MI
Give more residents a reason to walk more and drive less
Give back to the community.
Put kindness on display in the city of Durand MI.
Connect different generations through community activity
Promote healthy eating with increased access to fruits and vegetables.
Inspire the farm to table concepts
Encourage regional food access
Offer Durands youth an additional no-cost activity.
Make the city more sustainable for the long term.
learn more about these concepts with past episodes explaining the benefits of Editable Landscaping and Gardening
Listen to more: Here
Social Kindness Projects
Municipal Consulting available
To Donate to the Edible Landscape Project please contact
Thank you Ace Hardware of Durand!
The owner of ACE hardware in Durand is donating their restored 1941 fire truck for the edible landscape project.
Due to the generosity of both Ace and the XYZ Auction Services, 100% of the proceeds will be donated to the project. We are excited and humbled by the generosity and support from our community!
The restored 1941 fire truck donated by Ace Hardware of Durand and Jeffery Stutts has completed its auction and sold for $5025! Thanks to Xyz Landscape Supply and Auctions, 100% of it will be donated to the edible Landscape Project here in Durand! ($5200)
Day 1: Durand City Clean Up [Phase 1] Date: April 30th, 2022 @10a
A great first day of cleanup
More than 30 people showed up to help clean up the city during the first edible landscape event. We even found and fed some baby bunnies.
Day 2: Durand City Clean Up [Phase 1] Date: May 7th, 2022 @10a
Canceled due to weather
Where is Durand Michigan?
a partnership between the Pueblo Food Project and the local CSU Extension Office’s Master Gardener program, three Downtown landmarks now host edible landscapes. Published July 1, 2021
Day 3: Durand City Clean Up [Phase 1] Date: May 21st, 2022 @10a
Robinson C, Cloutier S, Eakin H. Examining the Business Case and Models for Sustainable Multifunctional Edible Landscaping Enterprises in the Phoenix Metro Area. Sustainability. 2017; 9(12):2307. https://doi.org/10.3390/su9122307
Vol. 25 No. 2 (2020)
Çelik, F. (2017). The importance of edible landscape in the cities. Turkish Journal of Agriculture-Food Science and Technology, 5(2), 118-124.
Day 4: Durand City Edible Landscape Planting [Phase 2]
Date: June 4th @ 10a
Hansen, K. (2020). Building transformative capacity through the use and production of edible landscapes: A case-study of urban agriculture projects in the context of sustainability transformations (Master's thesis).
This fact sheet provides communities and individuals with general
urban gardening information about:
• Common contaminants that can be found in urban soil.
• Ways to identify contaminants and reduce exposure.
• Improving soils and growing plants in mildly contaminated soil.
• Additional resources and technical assistance.
Day 5: Durand City Edible Landscape Planting [Phase 2]
Date: June 18th, 2022 @10a
Day 6: Durand City Edible Landscape Maintenance [Phase 3]
Date: July 9th, 2022 @10a