Northwoods School Garden

Construction on the Northwoods School Garden began in the summer of 2013 with start up funding from our PTA. It is a community project which, except for a guttering job, has been built solely by volunteers. An estimated 65% of the garden has been built using reused decking thanks to a partnership with a local contractor. We continue to strive to reuse and repurpose where possible, and aim to purchase materials which are biodegradable or recyclable. Our garden uses no chemicals and is watered with rain collected in a cistern.
Northwoods School Garden seeks to teach children where real food comes from while gently encouraging them towards healthier eating habits. But the garden is not just for learning about food and nutrition.  It stimulates curiosity, encourages wonder, and promotes teamwork, responsibility and patience.  It offers lessons in science and ecology, of course, but also math, social studies, economics, history, arts and literature. The Northwoods School Garden provides a place for our school and community to continue to learn and grow.

Garden Information





Participant Count:

More than 50


Cooperative/Communal Garden

Plot Count:


Type:School garden Size:

Less than 1/4 acre

Primary Production:


Secondary Production:

Compost, Flowers/greenery, Fruits, Herbs



Primary Audience:

School and community

Primarily Served:

School children

Funding Source:

PTA and private donors

Affiliated Organization

Type Name Website Phone Email
School Northwoods Elementary School View site (919) 460-3491 -
Non-profit organization Northwoods Elementary PTA View site - .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Contact Information

Land Ownership:

Public Land

Garden Contact:

Leigh Williams

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Garden Location:

8850 Chapel Hill Road, Cary, NC 27513, USA

Mailing Address:

Northwoods School Garden
8850 Chapel Hill Road
Cary, NC 27513