Hurley Community Garden
In keeping with Hurley Medical Center’s Mission of “Clinical Excellence. Service to People,” Micki Juip, Director of the Hurley Center for Health Status Improvement Initiatives, had a vision to bring something positive to Hurley and to the community.
The result? The beautiful Hurley Community Garden.
Access to fresh produce
Located near the medical center in Flint, the Hurley Community Garden provides access to fresh produce, to improve the neighborhood surrounding Hurley, to bring together volunteers who plant and harvest the garden, and to instill a sense of community. The garden is also a great way to educate our community about food, food sources and healthy living.
The Hurley Community Garden took many months to plan: the layout was plotted, local businesses were approached for donations of time and resources, and volunteers were galvanized to help.
Today, the garden consists of rows of beautiful flowers and nearly 50 different vegetables. All visitors can enjoy the garden: local residents, hospital patients, and due to the wide walkways, people in wheelchairs.
Fights local hunger
To help fight hunger in our community, some of the produce from the garden is donated to the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan and to needy people who live within the community that Hurley serves. The garden has also assisted local community groups such as Resource Genesee in meeting their mission and goals.
Creates great contentment for all who see it and maintain it
The Hurley Community Garden certainly has given Hurley Medical Center and Flint a sense of pride and accomplishment, along with a beautiful place to visit. Many residents and employees have stated how beautiful the garden looks and how happy seeing the garden makes them feel, and there are many morning and evenings that 10-15 volunteers can be seen maintaining it.