To create connections and provide resources that empower and inspire people to support gardens that grow food, build community, and cultivate justice
A North Carolina where thriving community gardens are accessible to all
Access to healthy food- All people should have access to enough nutritious, affordable, and culturally relevant food to nourish them and their families.
Inclusivity- We aim to be inclusive of all people across North Carolina who have a stake in community gardens. In diversity, we find strength, creativity, and equality.
Sustainability- We believe that growing practices are better when they respect and support the environmental processes that make growing food possible.
Community assets- We believe communities and neighborhoods have the people, skills, and resources to establish gardens for themselves that represent the character and distinctiveness of their community, and that in turn community gardens can become important resources to their communities.
• Expand community gardening opportunities
• Help strengthen existing gardens
• Help create successful and sustainable new gardens
• Encourage public and private support
• Strengthen public policy
• Connect North Carolina’s gardeners with volunteers, resources, and with one another
• Spread the word about best practices, based on research and real-world experience
• Offer a clearing house for community garden information
• Share compelling stories from community gardens across North Carolina
• Cultivate a dynamic statewide network of grassroots community garden leaders working together to advance NCCGP’s mission
Founded in 2008, NCCGP grew from statewide discussions about how to move community gardening forward across North Carolina. Since our inception, NCCGP has cultivated a network of gardeners and supporters who share support, information, and experience with new gardens and with each other. NCCGP is now a fiscally sponsored project of the Rural Advancement Foundation International (RAFI-USA), and is housed under their Come to the Table Program.