River Bend Community Organic Garden and Education Center (RB COG)

The River Bend Community Organic Garden (RB COG) turned over the ground on 4/22/13. A group of twelve women began the organic garden with a zero budget and a lot of motivation. The River Bend Town Council voted to support the garden with a budget of $1500 which was refunded in 2014 and 2015. Phase 1 is a 100’X50’ section with 14 4’ wide raised beds. Phase 2, also 100’X50’ was added in January 2014 with 12 more raised beds. Two beds in Phase 1 were dedicated to asparagus. Crops are rotated and many beds are designated for summer or winter crops. When not in use, cover crops are planted. The garden grows peas, carrots, beets, lettuces, alliums,garlic, tomatoes, peppers, squash, beans, eggplant, cukes, melons and herbs. The first year’s harvest totaled 540 pounds, the second year, 3200 pounds, with 10% donated to a group in need. More volunteers are invited to join the initial group to make it a true community garden.There are no individual plots.Everyone works together and shares in the harvest. Ten percent of the harvest is donated to a local underserved and vulnerable group. In addition to vegetables, there are specialty areas: a bird and butterfly pollinator area that offers hands-on education for children, and an herb area. Future plans include extension of beds in Phase 2 and an area for fruit trees and perennial vegetables. The generosity of benefactors has provided the garden with a riding mower, a shed and a greenhouse. RBCOG has become an education center, offering free monthly workshops about organic vegetable gardening and healthy food preparation, publishing a monthly Lessons from the Garden column in the town newspaper, and presenting seminars to the public.

Garden Information





Participant Count:

Less than 10


Cooperative/Communal Garden

Plot Count:


Type:Other Size:

1/4 acre to 1 acre

Primary Production:


Secondary Production:

Flowers/greenery, Herbs

Primary Audience:

River Bend residents and area volunteers

Primarily Served:

River Bend volunteers & residents, Interfaith Refugee Ministries

Funding Source:

Friends of RBCOG

Contact Information

Land Ownership:

Public Land
Town of River Bend
252 - 638-3870
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Garden Contact:

Barbara Maurer
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Dee Smith
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Garden Location:

203 Wakefield Drive, New Bern, NC 28562, USA

Mailing Address:

Barbara Maurer
300 Shoreline Drive
New Bern, NC 28562