To the immediate south of the capital of Michigan, Lansing, stands Delhi Charter Township, the fifth largest municipality in the metropolitan area. Within that township, is an unincorporated community with its own census designation, named Holt. Lawn Tech services residents of this largely residential community, making sure they are able to enjoy their outdoor living space in their small town throughout the year. Our company wishes to grow its presence in these neighborhoods, the same way Holt has grown as a community.
The area that is now Delhi Charter Township was first settled in 1837, and incorporated into a township just five years later in 1842. By the late 1850s, the township was firmly established, having several small businesses along with a hotel, pub, and its own post office. The community of Holt takes its name from that original post office, which itself was named for its first postmaster, John Holt. Today, roughly half the residents of Delhi Charter Township reside within the community of Holt. The community has a population of 23,973 as of the 2010 census, in an area that is 4.3 square miles, all of which is land.
The most notable event that is hosted by the community every year is the Holt Hometown Festival. It is a weekend event, and it is packed with entertainment. There are artists and crafters that come to sell their creations. Several presentations take place, from live music, to an art auction, and even scientific demonstrations. For those who wish to have an adult beverage, there are beer tents. In tribute to Michigan’s largest industry, there is a car show. A farmer’s market is available for those who wish to purchase locally grown food. The Holt Historical Society gives tours of the old schoolhouse. Finally, the event is capped by a firework display.
The Holt Farmer’s Market is now open all year every Saturday, located in the old building that previously housed the Delhi Township Fire Department. The farmers from the surrounding villages supply the residents of Holt with whole, nutrient-rich foods, similar to the way the staff at Lawn Tech supplies the people’s grass and trees with fertilization products that are amply fortified to maximize their health throughout the year. In addition to food, there are also some craft vendors such as quilters, card makers, and even purses and hats. The market also holds live music during its operation.
Though it is unincorporated, Holt is influential in serving the area’s public school children. The Holt Public School District takes students from the community, and also Dimondale, the majority of Delhi Township, as well as smaller sections of Delta and Windsor Township, and even a small fraction of Lansing. It consists of one high school, one middle school, seven elementary schools, an alternative educational center, and an early childhood facility.
Holt has a proud history, and in 2014, an organization was created with the purpose of preserving it. The recently established Holt-Delhi Historical Society works together with the Capital Area District Libraries for resources for their research and investigations into the olden days of the community. As of yet, they still do not have an independent location; their exhibits are currently stored in the community services center of Delhi Charter Township. Their collaborations with the libraries and the residents of Holt and Delhi Township will surely turn up even more interesting stories, information, and artifacts in the coming years. Lawn Tech also looks forward to working with the residents of Holt for many years to come to keep this area enriched with healthy plant life.