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’ve ever wanted to grow your own produce, but just don’t have the time, space or experience to have your own garden, joining the Shakori Hills Community Garden might be for you! Garden workers get a share of everything harvested. You can contribute as much or as little as meets your schedule and energy level. Everyone is welcome to participate in the entirely of the growing process, 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.
Excess produce is donated to the CORA Food Pantry. In 2015, this garden donated over 300 pounds of produce, including squash, green beans, cabbage, sweet potatoes, carrots, cucumbers, beets, okra, peppers, melons and tomatoes!
If you’d like to get involved, email Cheryl at email@example.com or call the office at 919-542-1746.
Cheryl also leads free workshops and open discussion forums during the summer months, as well as providing 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.”