By Sarah West
Garner Grows Community Garden has some very exciting news to share! We are overjoyed to announce that we have partnered with the Town of Garner and have relocated to Thompson Road Park located at 550 Thompson Rd, Garner, NC 27529. You will be able to find us on the back portion of the park behind the field.
First and foremost, we want to thank each and every one of you for your support. We absolutely could not have done this without you! Thank you for signing our petitions, attending town council meetings, coming to our plant sales and volunteering in the garden. Thank you for believing in our mission to foster community engagement through gardening while we work to make the future a greener (and more nourishing) place to be!
Now the fun and the hard work begins. In the coming weeks and months we will need all hands on deck as we get the new site ready. We have a lot to do before we can even begin planting. We will need help laying mulch, building beds, compost bins and planting a landscape buffer.
Be on the lookout for upcoming volunteer days! You can sign up on our website to get updates about volunteer days, plant sales, and special events.
We are so excited to share this space with each and every one of you! As you can see from the landscape design (see image below), we have a bunch of exciting things planned. At the new location we will have hugelkultur beds, traditional row gardens and raised beds for annual and perennial veggies. In addition, we will have an herb garden, a cut flower garden, a perennial border, berry patches and a large orchard area. We will also have bee hives, a mushroom cultivation area, a seed and propagation station as well as a place for mulch storage and compost bins. A central gathering area for teaching and socializing will complete the picture.
To those unfamiliar with the way Garner Grows operates, we share in the work and the harvest, meaning that all the planting and maintenance of garden plots, the overall garden infrastructure, and any miscellaneous tasks are shared. And when we harvest everyone who helps out gets to take something delicious home! Every member is a valuable resource, and we work to delegate a variety of tasks so that members of all ages, level of physical ability, and gardening skill can pitch in.
Please consider joining or renewing your Garner Grows membership because we would love to see you in the garden!
Garner Grows Community Garden is a collective in the greater Raleigh, NC area that aims to provide access to land, education, and resources to grow food in an environmentally sustainable manner. Our mission is to make fresh produce and horticultural education accessible to residents of the Triangle area (Wake, Durham, and Orange County). Our motto, “Share the work, share the harvest” emphasizes our focus on collaboration and community spirit.