GROW 2014-2015

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Gardeners Recreating Our World (GROW)

NCCGP has been awarded another $8,000 grant from Burt’s Bees Greater Good Foundation and a $10,000 grant from Resourceful Communities Creating New Economies Fund for 2015-2016! Read more here.

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The GROW 2015 mini-grant opportunity is now closed. We have funded 21 community garden programs across the state with $200 each for small projects. A detailed summary and contact information for grantees can be viewed by clicking the mini-grant summary link at the bottom of this page.

The gardens/groups that received grants are:

  • Bellamy Elementary School, Wilmington
  • Dare Master Gardeners, Kitty Hawk
  • Franklinton Center at Bricks, Whitakers
  • Food for Thought Garden, Lumberton
  • HOPE (Help Our People Eat) Garden, Hickory
  • Island Montessori School, Wilmington
  • Laurinburg Presbyterian Church/Growing Change, Laurinburg
  • Mooresville Community Garden, Mooresville
  • Myrtle Grove Middle School, Wilmington
  • Partners in Ministry, Laurinburg
  • Praley Street Acre of Grace, Valdese
  • Regeneration Community Youth Garden, Pinetops
  • River Bend Community Organic Garden (RBCOG), River Bend
  • Shallotte Community Garden, Shallotte
  • The Family Garden and Children’s Oasis, Morganton
  • The Garden of Concord, Eli Whitney
  • The Patch on Main, Huntersville
  • The Spot, After-school program, Wilson
  • UNC Pembroke Campus Garden, Pembroke
  • Weldon Preschool, Weldon
  • Wrightsboro Elementary Cool Cats Garden, Wilmington

More about GROW:

NCCGP was pleased to receive funding from the Burt’s Bees Greater Good Foundation and Resourceful Communities, a program of The Conservation Fund and Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation, to organize a series of workshops for community garden leaders across North Carolina in the fall of 2014.

​Five, one-day events focused on educational topics such as:

  • Vegetable gardening 101; soil health, plant selection and propagation
  • Pollinator-friendly gardening; integrated pest and disease management, adding pollinator gardens to support healthy vegetable gardens
  • Use of season extension techniques to expand the growing season
  • And community garden organizing


All five workshops included a full day of activities, education, networking and demonstration of techniques. The cost of the workshops was $15 for current NCCGP members and $18 for non-members

The 2014 workshops were held at the following locations:

Oct 4th at the Partners in Ministry, 12 Third Street, East Laurinburg and the Laurinburg Community Garden

Oct 11th at the Catawba County Agricultural Resource Center, 1175 S. Brady Ave, Newton and the Hmong Demonstration Farm in Hickory

Oct 18th at the Stanley White Recreation Complex, 901 Chapman St. New Bern, NC and the Veterans Base Camp Employment Garden

Nov 7th at the New Hanover Cooperative Extension and Arboretum demonstration garden in Wilmington, NC

Dec 6th at the Franklinton Center at Bricks, 281 Southbend Ln, Whitakers, NC and their community farm

Each event included informational workshops and hands-on training, networking time, lunch and a community garden tour. The workshops were held in areas of the state that had yet to receive extensive training about community garden development, but where there is a growing interest in community gardens.

Although targeted at community garden leaders, workshops were open to gardeners, volunteers and any community members interested in community gardens. Our goal was to reach 25 participants per workshop. In the end we had 121 participants from 28 counties across NC!

Maria Hitt was the 2014-15 project coordinator and she worked with the local community hosts to make the workshops successful.

http://www.nccgp.org/about/project_program_detail/grow-workshops

Posted by NC Community Garden Partners on Wednesday, November 19, 2014

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