***Media is invited for video and photo opportunities from 11:30 a.m. to noon at the CMC-University Teaching Garden, 8800 N. Tryon St.***
The event is FREE but the Coalition is requesting donations of garden supplies to be given to the gardens highlighted on the tour. Suggested donations include gardening gloves, shovels, seeds, or whatever can be easily dropped off during the tour.
Participants and tour goers will be enlightened by success stories from gardeners while learning basic gardening skills such as soil preparation, composting and how to start a community garden.
After the tour, the Mecklenburg County Fruit & Vegetable Coalition will host a Garden Gathering with lunch provided by Morrison Management Specialists. Visitors can drop off donations and watch garden and cooking demonstrations at the CMC-University Teaching Garden! Please bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit on.
The 2013 Tour Schedule:
9:00 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. Garinger High School Garden
1100 Eastway Drive, Charlotte, NC 28205
Check in and learn how to incorporategardening into school lesson plans and how to connect a school garden with the community!
10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Newell Farmers Market Garden
1704 Rocky River Road, Charlotte, NC, 28213
Come learn the importance of flowers in the garden with companion planting!
10:45 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. Reedy Creek Park Garden
2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte, NC, 28215
See demonstrations about water management in the garden using mulch and ollas effectively!
11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. The Teaching Garden at CMC-University
8800 N. Tryon Street, Charlotte, NC 28262
See demonstrations about caring for honey bees, composting, and raised bed gardens! Be sure to stick around for the garden gathering immediately after.
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Garden Gathering
After the tour, drop off your donation, network with other participants and enjoy lunch provided by Morrison Management Specialists. The Mecklenburg County Health Department and Mecklenburg Cooperative Extension will have booths to provide additional educational resources. In addition, LiveWELL Carolinas will have a booth featuring information on healthy living! Bring a blanket or a lawn chair and come on out!
The Mecklenburg County Fruit & Vegetable Coalition’s mission is to educate the public on community gardening efforts, share information with other gardens and network with interested community members. The Mecklenburg County Health Department is the coordinating agency for the Coalition and supports the community mission of increasing healthy food options for residents.
2013 Tour partners include: Mecklenburg County Health Department, 100 Gardens, Berry’s Bees, Bike Charlotte, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, CMC-University, Earth Fare, Johnson & Wales University, Lenny Boy Tea, LiveWELL Carolinas, Mecklenburg County Cooperative Extension, Mecklenburg County Park & Recreation, Mecklenburg County Storm Water, Mecklenburg Fruit & Vegetable Coalition, Morrison Management Specialists, and Newell Farmers Market.
For more information, visit the Mecklenburg County Fruit & Vegetable Coalition website at http://mcfvc.charmeck.org
Media Contact: Megan Dean at 919-810-9659 or email@example.com