The Mecklenburg County Health Department, the Mecklenburg County Fruit & Vegetable Coalition and Slow Food Charlotte are the organizers of Charlotte Mecklenburg’s First Community Garden Tour to be held on Saturday, Sept. 25, 2010, from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The Tour, called “Can You Dig It,” will feature six of the more than 30 community gardens that exist in Mecklenburg County. Organizers want to make this tour an annual event.
According to Allison Mignery, Health Department dietitian and chairwoman for the Mecklenburg County Fruit & Vegetable Coalition, “Community gardens are as varied as the neighborhoods in which they are located. They can be found at schools, parks, housing projects, places of worship, vacant lots, private properties or anywhere there is open land, water and lots of sunlight. Each is developed to meet the needs of the people who come together to grow fruits, vegetables, and other plants on common ground. The bottom line is community gardens really bring communities together.”
During the tour, there will be demonstrations on composting, vermiculture, rainwater harvesting, seed saving and making tea from dried herbs.
The Community Garden Tour is a fundraising event for the community gardens displayed during the tour.
Those interested in attending the Tour can purchase tickets online at www.canyoudigitcharlotte.org or purchase tickets the day of the event. The tour will start at The Males Place Garden at Fred Alexander Park, 1832 Griers Grove Road, Charlotte. Tickets are $15 for adults and $8 for children, and include lunch during the Tour.
Ticket price also includes admission to a Garden Gathering after the Tour at the final garden, Friendship Trays Garden, where there will be food and live music.