More and more North Carolinians are getting involved with community gardens. Through our Come to the Table program, the Council’s Rural Life Committee has been promoting this work for the past few years. We’ve been visiting gardens, leading workshops, sharing best practices, eating delicious local food and making friends across the state.
WRAL recently posted a story about a community garden in downtown Cary, NC that is helping to feed others. And last month, the Raleigh News & Observer highlighted the growing importance of community gardens in the Triangle:
Community gardens are sprouting throughout the Triangle – a local reflection of the national urban-farming movement that aims to bring fresh food to needy areas.
The phenomenon noticeably hit Raleigh just a few years ago. Already, the gardens have united communities, provided many residents with a cheap alternative to grocery store produce and brought a steady stream of veggies to local food banks that feed the hungry.
“It’s an amazing community service, and the people are all different,” said Sherman Criner, who helps start community gardens in Raleigh, Cary and Garner. “It all boils down to people eating better and growing their own food. It’s a very simple concept when you think of it, but it’s a difficult task. Most of the people in Raleigh don’t know much about the community gardens.”
But Raleigh residents are learning.
Click here to download our guide which includes detailed information about community gardening.
Click here to learn more about Come to the Table.