Carolina Campus Community Garden Celebrates One-Year Anniversary

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On Thursday, May 26, the Carolina Campus Community Garden (CCCG) celebrated its first-year anniversary and the many successes of that year. The celebration took place at the garden, located off Cameron Ave. on Wilson St., in Chapel Hill.

The festive afternoon included tours of the garden and a series of remarks about the impact of the University's campus produce garden from UNC Chancellor Holden Thorp, chair of the Employee Forum Jackie Overton, outreach coordinator for the garden Claire Lorch (staff, NC Botanical Garden), produce recipients, and volunteers. A delicious array of foods made from the garden's produce were available for tasting. See a slide show from the event.

The Carolina Campus Community Garden (CCCG) was born out of a growing concern for the lower wage employees in the University community. Inspired by the World War II Victory Gardens concept, the growing farm-to-fork movement, and a deep concern for others—particularly during this time of economic stress, a group of staff, faculty, students and community members came together last spring and transformed an 8000-square-foot space in walking distance from campus into a productive and beautiful vegetable garden. Read about one special student volunteer from UNC.

CCCG's accomplishments since its inception in the spring of 2010:

  • Distributed 3500 pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables, given free-of-charge, to UNC housekeepers at weekly distributions.
  • Hosted 220 volunteers, representing students, staff, faculty and community members in bi-monthly garden workdays and committees.
  • Built wheel chair accessible beds and pathways so that everyone can participate.
  • Provided a learning lab for developing gardening skills, healthy living, and academic pursuits.
  • Created a place of beauty for all to enjoy that must been seen to be appreciated.

CCCG's partners include the UNC Employee Forum, the Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, and the North Carolina Botanical Garden, which also serves as its sponsoring unit.

See the CCCG's website or contact Claire Lorch for more information abut the CCCG and how you can become involved.

Watch a video about the Carolina Campus Community Garden or another one about the volunteer experience at the CCCG.

Quotes:
"It makes them feel that the University cares about them as people, not just housekeepers." Timothy Carville, UNC Housekeeping Supervisor

"With the economy being so bad [these distributions] truly, truly, truly help a lot." Amanda Hulton, UNC Housekeeper

"We all work very hard at different things and enjoy each other . . . it's like a big family, making it work." Sheelagh Anderson, Community Volunteer

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Updated on December 15, 2011 at 01:42:51 am.


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