HOPE (Help Our People Eat) Gardens

HOPE was formed in 2010 as a project of WNC Epilepsy Association.HOPE consist of 2 garden locations. 1 in Hickory and 1 in Newton. HOPE is operated fully on a volunteer basis. Fresh vegetables and fruit produced are given to epilepsy network, Hickory Soup Kitchen, ECCCM (Eastern Catawba Cooperative Christian Ministry) of Newton etc.
** Newton Garden - access to garden: Hwy 321 towards Maiden, pass Gov’t Center Complex, to intersection @ Hwy 10/321. turn right on Hwy 10/West C St, slowly pass Western Steer, and turn right and drive back into driveway between 628 & 702 West C St and the garden will be about 200 yards back.
*** Hickory YMCA - From downtown Hickory, come down North Center St, pass Frye Reg. Med. Ctr, go thru 2 stop lights. After stop light of North Center St & 7th Ave intersection, you’ll see Hickory YMCA parking lot entrance on left. Garden is immediately after parking lot on left.

Garden Information





Participant Count:



Cooperative/Communal Garden

Plot Count:


Type:Food bank garden Size:

1 - 5 acres

Primary Production:


Secondary Production:

Fruits, Vegetables



Primary Audience:

anyone interested in volunteering, in need of fresh produce

Primarily Served:

county residents in need of nutritional food

Funding Source:

donations and/or grants

Affiliated Organization

Type Name Website Phone Email
Non-profit organization WNC Epilepsy Association - HOPE Project View site 828-312-8298 .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
Non-profit organization WNC Epilepsy Association View site 828-312-8298 .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Production Report

Time Period Crop Type Pounds Harvested
2010 - 2014 season various vegetables 10,331
2010 - 2014 season watermelon and canteloups 5,272

Contact Information

Land Ownership:

Catawba County Gov't
Hickory YMCA

Garden Contact:

Christine S. Cofer
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Garden Location:

700 West C Street, Newton, NC 28658, USA

Mailing Address:

WNC Epilepsy Association, HOPE Project
2345 23rd Ave. Dr. NE
Hickory, NC 28601