GROW Workshop for Community Garden Leaders in the New Bern area

NC Community Garden Partners

The North Carolina Community Garden Partners (NCCGP) is excited to announce an educational workshop for community garden leaders in New Bern and the surrounding region. The day is part of the Gardeners Recreating Our World (GROW) series.  The workshop will be held on Saturday Oct. 18, 2014 from 8:30-4:00 at the Stanley White Recreation Complex, 901 Chapman St. New Bern, NC.

The fee will be $15 for members of NCCGP and $18 for non-members. Included will be educational sessions, networking time, lunch and a visit to The Veterans Base Camp Employment Garden where season extension and pollinator gardens will be demonstrated. Garden leaders and volunteers will have a chance to connect with community gardeners from their region, expand their community garden leadership skills, learn about pollinators and growing environmentally-friendly gardens and see season extension in action. Attendees will also be eligible to apply for a mini-grant to support their garden projects in early 2015.

The GROW workshops are supported by funding from the Burt’s Bees Greater Good Foundation and Resourceful Communities, a program of The Conservation Fund and Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation.

Although targeted at community garden leaders, workshops will be open to gardeners, volunteers and anyone interested in community gardens. “Our goal” said project coordinator Maria Hitt “is to provide an opportunity for people in the region to learn more about how to maintain and sustain a community garden. NCCGP hopes to build the NCCGP network of gardens, increase membership, and help create regional networks of garden members to continue to learn from one another after the workshops are over.”

Workshops have also been scheduled for Oct 4 in Laurinburg, Oct 11 in Hickory, Nov 1 in Reidsville and Dec 6 in Whitakers.  For more information about participating in and/or supporting the NCCGP GROW workshop series, contact Maria Hitt at 919-525-5946. Or visit the NCCGP website at

North Carolina Community Garden Partners (NCCGP) is a nonprofit membership organization made of partners across the state interested in “growing” community gardens. Our mission is to expand community gardening efforts throughout the state, increase community food security and improve access to healthy food, and strengthen community involvement and capacity to grow food.  We do this by promoting and advocating for community gardens, connecting partners, providing education and sharing resources.  To become a NCCGP member, register your community garden on the NC Garden Directory or to volunteer, contact us via our website at

Submitted by: Lovay Wallace-Singleton, Veterans Employment Base Camp and Organic Garden