East Vernon Neighborhood Garden & Orchard

The Common Ground Community Garden & Orchard has several goals: improve access to healthy foods, encourage physical activity, teach sustainable growing methods, grow community, promote self-reliance, and increase the local leadership capacity.

The community garden promotes sustainable growing methods, and prohibits the use of synthetic insecticides or pesticides. It is an allotment-style garden with both individual and communal plots. Plots are mounded into raised beds that are four feet wide by fifteen feet long. For $15 (or equivalent in sweat equity) per season (summer or winter) an individual/family can plant their own beds and enjoy their harvest as they choose. We are exploring sharing a portion of weekly harvest with food insecure residents of surrounding neighborhood, a designated food desert. Space-hogging crops like corn, watermelon, and okra get planted in communal beds and are tended collectively in exchange for a share of the harvest.  Gardeners participate in the Garden Club, and elect leaders to oversee the day-to-day operations of the garden.

This season we built a composting station, and brought our main source of water to a convenient location inside the garden. We also began harvesting rain water from two sheds at the Food Park where our garden & orchard are located.

The orchard survived this summer’s heat without a functioning irrigation system. We plan to repair it before the spring.

Garden Information





Participant Count:

Less than 10


Plot/Allotment Garden

Plot Count:


Type:Neighborhood/Public garden Size:

1/4 acre to 1 acre

Primary Production:


Secondary Production:

Compost, Flowers/greenery, Honey (bees)


English, Spanish

Primary Audience:

We aim to attract nearby residents of this designated food desert, but garden is open to all town residents

Primarily Served:

any Kinston resident who is interested

Funding Source:

Nourishing NC, Lenoir County Farm Bureau, BCBS Foundation of NC, Fiskars Project Orange Thumb

Affiliated Organization

Type Name Website Phone Email
Non-profit organization Common Ground of Eastern North Carolina, Inc. - 252/560-2509 .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Contact Information

Land Ownership:

Public Land
Common Ground ENC leases from the City of Kinston

Garden Contact:

Lee Albritton
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Kenneth Graves
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Garden Location:

Biggs Avenue, Kinston, NC 28501, USA

Mailing Address:

Common Ground of Eastern North Carolina, Inc.
PO Box 1121
Kinston, NC 28501