If you’ve ever wanted to grow your own produce, but just don’t have the time, space or experience to have your own garden, a community garden experience might be for you! Community garden workers get a share of everything harvested and excess is donated to the CORA Food Pantry. In 2014, this garden donated 293 pounds of produce, including squash, green beans, cabbage, sweet potatoes, carrots, cucumbers, beets, okra, peppers, melons and tomatoes!
You can contribute as much or as little as meets your schedule and energy level. Everyone is welcome to participate in the garden, from the early planning stages like deciding what crops to grow, ordering seeds and tilling the ground to planting, weeding, mulching and harvesting. No previous gardening experience is necessary.
The garden occupies approximately 8800 square feet, with three crop rotation areas to keep the harvest on a year-round cycle. The project is coordinated by Cheryl McNeill, an instructor with Central Carolina Community College’s Sustainable Agriculture program. If you’d like to get involved, drop her a line at email@example.com or call the office at 919-542-1746.
Check out the free workshops and open discussion forums happening this summer! We also offer custom garden tours and workshops at no cost to local schools and community groups. Please get in touch if you’d like more information or sign up for a class or workshop.
Babs Easley, a community garden participant has this to say: “I have learned so much from Cheryl working at the garden. I feel so at home at Shakori.”