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Edible Landscaping Project

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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.

Project Goals

  • 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. 

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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

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Address: 109 N Saginaw St, Durand, MI 48429
Phone: (989) 288-3715
Email: office@durandchamber.com

To Donate to the Edible Landscape Project please contact

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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!

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IT SOLD!

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)

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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?

Research

Pueblo Food Project

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

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Day 3: Durand City Clean Up [Phase 1]    Date: May 21st, 2022 @10a        

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Examining the Business Case and Models for Sustainable Multifunctional Edible Landscaping Enterprises in the Phoenix Metro Area

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

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Relevance of edible landscaping concept in food security

Published  2021-03-09

Vol. 25 No. 2 (2020)

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The Importance of Edible Landscape in the Cities

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          

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Building transformative capacity through the use and production of edible landscapes: A case-study of urban agriculture projects in the context of sustainability transformations

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).

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REUSING POTENTIALLY CONTAMINATED LANDSCAPES:
Growing Gardens in Urban Soils

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           

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Day 6: Durand City Edible Landscape Maintenance [Phase 3]   

Date: July 9th, 2022 @10a           

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Tuso, P. J., Ismail, M. H., Ha, B. P., & Bartolotto, C. (2013). Nutritional update for physicians: plant-based diets. The Permanente journal, 17(2), 61–66. https://doi.org/10.7812/TPP/12-085

To Donate to the Edible Landscape Project please contact

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Address: 109 N Saginaw St, Durand, MI 48429
Phone: (989) 288-3715
Email: office@durandchamber.com

Day 7: Durand City Edible Landscape Maintenance [Phase 3]   

Date: July 23rd, 2022 @10a

Day 8: Durand City Edible Landscape Maintenance [Phase 3]   

Date: August 13th, 2022 @10a

Day 9: Durand City Edible Landscape Maintenance [Phase 3]   

Date: August 27th, 2022 @10a

Day 10: Durand City Edible Landscape Picking 

Date: September 10th, 2022 @10a

Day 11: Durand City Edible Landscape Picking 

Date: September 24th, 2022 @10a

Day 12: Durand City Edible Landscape Clean up

Date: October 8th, 2022 @10a

Day 13: Durand City Edible Landscape Clean up

Date: October 22th, 2022 @10a

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