This petition has been started with the goal of getting as many signatures as possible to show the Town of Garner that the benefits of community gardens within town limits are more valued than ever. Over the last decade, Garner, with a population of more than 30,000 people, had one community garden. Since our community garden lost the space it was growing on, we now have no community gardens to serve the citizens of Garner. We are asking the Town Council to help locate town-owned property so the garden can continue to exist long term.
The pandemic attracted new attention to the benefits provided by community gardens, but these benefits are not new; community gardens have been strengthening neighborhoods in North Carolina for decades. Community gardens increase access to fresh foods and physical activity, improve food security and dietary habits, and reduce food waste and the “food miles” that nutritious produce has to travel to reach consumers.
Let’s show the town leadership that there is broad support from the citizens of Garner for this project. Please sign this petition to the Mayor and Town Council for the town to partner with community organizers to locate and develop property for the enjoyment, education, and enrichment of all people in Garner.
Here are the presentation materials we provided the town on 8/2/21.
If you’d like to help us out with defraying expenses or to buy a tshirt you can donate here:
We have shirts available for anyone who wants them! All designs in L or XL, unisex. $10 for members, $15 nonmembers. ($10 member price if you are willing to come to the town council meetings with us!)
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We are leaving the space we are currently at and looking for a new location. As close to the center of the walking area of town as possible, sunny and about 1 acre is much preferred. Please email us if you have a lead.
Garner Grows Urban Community Garden is a communal space that provides access to land, education and resources to learn and grow food in an environmentally sustainable manner. We created a local food system where we are able to produce nutritious food with affordable annual dues ($30 per household). The garden is based on a Share the Harvest work program. This allows members (novice or expert) to grow produce and flowers, as well as their gardening skills. The garden also promotes a positive and sustainable environment for residents and neighbors to work together. The garden may also function as a living laboratory for the students of Garner area schools and a model of sustainable practices at the community level. We have a goal to donate approximately 10% of the food grown to local Garner food pantries and soup kitchens.
Please Email us with any questions or inquires at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our mailing address is: Garner Grows P.O. Box 1647, Garner, NC 27529