Community Garden Program

Community gardens are as varied as the neighborhoods where they thrive. Through The Cooperative Extension Program at North Carolina A&T State University, the Community Garden Program provides educational support for planning and developing gardens that meet participants’ needs. Community gardens can be used to grow food for gardeners, donate produce to the hungry, and sell produce for income.

The gardens may also educate adults and youth about health and nutrition, exercise, the food system, entrepreneurship and more. Community gardens can serve as a community development tool to bring a diverse group of people together, build leadership and organizing skills, and to increase a sense of community ownership and stewardship. Community gardens can be found at parks, schools, churches, community centers, vacant lots, and just about anywhere else land is available.

Community garden programs conducted through The Cooperative Extension Program are supported through various funding sources, including a 2009-2014 grant from Children, Youth and Families at Risk (CYFAR), a USDA community-based program for at-risk children and their families. Cooperative Extension’s program focuses on the many North Carolina families that are at risk because of food insecurity and lack access to enough healthy food.

Goals of the Community Garden Program are to increase the: 

  • Quantity, quality and sustainability of community gardens across North Carolina.
  • Number of families with gardens growing food to supplement their family budgets.
  • Amount of nutritious, diverse meals provided at home.

 For more information, contact:

 

Lisa Valdivia
Extension Associate
Former CYFAR Project Coordinator
The Cooperative Extension Program at N.C. A&T
Phone: (336) 285-4622
Email: eaposer@ncat.edu

 

Community gardens supported by the CYFAR Sustainable Community Project (2009-20014) through The Cooperative Extension Program are:

  • Piney Wood Chapel Missionary Baptist Church Community Garden, Bertie County
  • Wagram Community Garden & school/youth gardens, Scotland County
  • Briggs Avenue Community Garden, Durham County

 

To contact these gardens, call or visit the respective county Extension centers. Contact information can be found here: http://www.ces.ncsu.edu/local-county-center/

You can also visit this project online at:

 

Blog: www.nccommunitygardens.blogspot.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/NCCommunityGardens
YouTube videos: www.youtube.com/user/NCCommunityGardens
Briggs Avenue Community Garden, Durham County: https://www.facebook.com/BriggsAvenueCommunityGarden

A special thanks to the following Cooperative Extension agents and project site coordinators.

James Peele, site coordinator 2009-2014, Bertie County
Michelle Wallace, consumer horticulture agent, Durham County Cooperative Extension
Santos Flores, site coordinator 2009-2014, Durham County Cooperative Extension
Sharon English, family consumer science agent, Scotland County Cooperative Extension
Melissa Tomas, site coordinator 2009-2011, Scotland County Cooperative Extension
Sarah Brown, site coordinator 2011-2014, Scotland County Cooperative Extension

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The Cooperative Extension Program at N.C. A&T also provides key leadership for the North Carolina Community Garden Partners (www.NCCGP.org), a non-profit membership organization created to increase the quantity, quality and sustainability of community gardens across North Carolina.