Collective Impact brings people together for a structured way to achieve social change.


Provide opportunities for physical activity, social interaction, therapy and access to fresh vegetables for residents. The gardens provide a place for people to meet and bond, exercise, educate and learn and practice land stewardship.


Develop one (1) new, or expanded, community garden site in a new county (per year)

To increase community enrichment, through enhanced social interaction, cross-generational and cultural mentorship. To create opportunities for community members to voluntarily serve and support health priorities of the community.


Saginaw YMCA, Marlette Regional Hospital, Community Mental Health for Central Michigan – Midland County,  The Midland Community Center, Windover High School


Marlette Regional Hospital, Bay Area Community Foundation, Dow Chemical Company

DIGIT! Community Garden Readiness Assessment

MiHIA is committed to creating community gardens to increase access to fresh produce within the region. The MiHIA Regional Community Health Improvement Plan (RCHIP) recognizes that community gardens are an evidence-based strategy to reducing the adult obesity rate. MiHIA is seeking to create gardens in counties where community gardens currently do not exist as well as to enhance counties with additional gardens in other areas of their county. MiHIA’s fund development activity includes seeking grant funds for establishing new or enhancing current gardens. As such, it is important to identify communities and organizations that are “shovel ready” when funding is identified and available.To be considered for future garden development within your community, please complete the Community Garden Readiness form and submit it to MiHIA at admin@Mihia.org.