Introducing North Carolina Community Garden Partners
Founded in 2008, NCCGP grew out of 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. Through our GROW (Gardeners Recreating Our World) Program, we’ve brought training in best practices to community gardens in all regions of our state. Our annual statewide meeting brings together gardeners from across North Carolina and the Southeast for learning and networking. We work closely with sister community gardening organizations, notably The American Community Gardening Association (ACGA). We also enjoy a close and valued partnership with North Carolina Cooperative Extension.
To increase the quantity, quality, and sustainability of community gardens across North Carolina
A North Carolina where everyone can find a place to garden, in a network of thriving community gardens from the Mountains to the Piedmont to the Outer Banks.
• 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
NCCGP action plan
We are implementing our overall goals through an action plan that sets priorities over a five year period. Our current plan covers through 2018.
Goal 1: Ensure organizational sustainability and leadership that is representative of the cultural, economic and geographic diversity in NC and responsive to organizational challenges. Goal 2: Support efforts to develop and sustain community garden initiatives and assist target audiences in overcoming barriers. Goal 3: Foster a network of diverse people knowledgeable about and engaged in community gardens and related issues across the state. Goal 4: Encourage exchange of knowledge and resources between and among members of our target audiences and other stakeholders.
Mission statements, measurable goals, and an articulated vision are now familiar parts of non-profit best practices. However, we are a little old-fashioned. Like many of our fellow gardeners, we prize heirloom vegetables and keeping soil healthy through composting. In the same light, our organizational statements and plans are based on a set of deeply shared values. We do what we do because we hold such values as these:
Access to healthy food. All people should have access to enough healthful, affordable, and culturally appropriate 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 and creativity.
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.
Sustainability. Growing food is best done in a manner that is environmentally-friendly and that respects and supports natural ecological processes.
Over 150 participants joined us throughout a series of five 45 minute webinars to learn about topics important to community gardeners and to learn from community garden projects in North Carolina that are accomplishing great things!