Inspiration Orchard worthy of time from volunteers

There’s still time to head to the corner of York and North streets in Ishpeming to help transform a once-blighted property into an orchard with berry bushes and fruit trees.

Partridge Creek Farm is leading the effort, and had asked for the support of volunteers today at the site between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.

“We need all sorts of volunteers from tough folks carrying logs and moving soil to food servers and table monitors and everything in between,” Partridge Creek Farm Director Dan Perkins said in a recent Journal article. “This is a big deal for Ishpeming.”

We’d agree, and we encourage you to stop by the corner of York and North streets to help out.

Organizers are calling this the Inspiration Orchard, and rightfully so.

It’s inspiring to see a group of community volunteers, businesses, civic organizations, nonprofits and others come together like they have for this project. These organizations have donated their time, materials and other goods and services to assist in the development of the Inspiration Orchard.

This project is also an inspiring project simply because of what’s physically being done to the property — a transformation from old to new, from blight to beautiful green space.

The property at 105 York St. is owned by the Marquette County Land Bank. County Treasurer Anne Giroux said the land bank is leasing the property to Partridge Creek Farm for $1 while the project is going on, and will transfer the property to the farm’s control for another buck after it’s completed.

Giroux said the land bank owns multiple vacant lots in the area as a result of its demolition program, and that the York Street site was identified by residents as the highest priority for green space development.

In our opinion, this is a great use of space that otherwise could have sat vacant for decades.

Inspiration comes in many forms, and for this project, it’s visible in the many hands that have come together to achieve one common goal.

Anyone looking to get involved was asked to call Rose at 906-869-9542, or look for more information on the Project Inspiration Orchard Facebook event page or by visiting www.partridgecreekfarm.org.