College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences

Community Garden COVID Response and Enhancement Stipends

Cooperative Extension at North Carolina A&T State University will support 28 community gardens across the state through stipends that will enhance COVID-19 safety measures, and provide technical support and leadership training to gardeners. 

The awards are the second round of stipends offered through a three-year, $206,000 grant from the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation. The program connects Extension at A&T with the North Carolina Community Garden Partners (NCCGP), a grassroots initiative that supports gardens across the state and helps them become comm unity leaders who can influence food policy and address the problems of and food inequities and access to healthy foods. 

By connecting community gardeners with food policy advocates and efforts to transform food systems the initiative ensures that community gardeners who have first-hand experience with food insecurity have a voice in developing and implementing strategies to improve access to healthy foods. It also provides gardeners with information, education, and resources to ensure COVID-19 safety.

The 2022 Community Garden COVID Response and Enhancement Stipend recipients are:

  • Crossfire UMC/NETwor1 CG, Wilkes County
  • Diversity Nurtures Achievement, Duplin County
  • Catawba Trail CG/UCAN, Durham County\
  • Parkway Elementary CG, Watauga County
  • Beach Food Pantry, Dare County
  • Ida B's Green Hands, Orange County
  • Home Grown NC, Onslow County
  • Elder + Sage, Buncombe County
  • Root Cause Farm, Buncombe County
  • People's Garden, Sampson County
  • Black Diamond Backyard, Guilford County
  • Pffaftown Christian Church CG, Forsyth County
  • Turning Point CDC, Vance County
  • Coharie Tribe CG, Sampson County
  • West End CG/Happy Roots, Rowan County
  • Greene CG, Greene County
  • St. Timothy's Episcopal Church CG, Pitt County
  • Shiloh Community Garden, Buncombe County
  • Boys + Girls Club Edenton Chowan**, Chowan County
  • Deep Roots CG, Davie County
  • Heroes Center CG, Guilford County
  • J.D Lewis CG, Wake County
  • Creekside Learning CG**, Martin County
  •  Old Thirty Dirty Family Farm, Onslow County
  • Peace Garden + market/Hodo Huggers Int'l, Buncombe County
  • Neighborhood Hands Inc, Forsyth County
  • Mitchell Giving Gardens, Mitchell County
  • Moore Family Farms CG, Columbus County

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