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, garden hoses 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 Encore Catering. After lunch the garden tour participants are welcome to attend the Green Teacher Network workshop held at Garinger High School. For more information log on to www.GTNCharlotte.org.
Tour Schedule for Saturday May 3, 2014:
9 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. Oakhurst Community Garden
4320 Mantle Ct, Charlotte, NC 28205 Check in and tour of the garden along with information on how the garden was revitalized.
10 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. 8th Street Community Garden
750 East 9th Street , Charlotte, NC 28202 (intersection of N Myers and E 8th street)
Come and learn about how to balance the minerals in the soil in order to produce nutrient-dense food. Also learn how the garden is used as an outdoor classroom.
10:45 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. Little Sugar Creek Community Garden
1319 N Alexander St, Charlotte, NC 28205
Learn everything about eco-friendly gardening techniques.
11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Garinger High School Urban Farm
2586 Elkwood Circle, Charlotte, NC 28205
Take a guided tour of the urban farm and learn about raised bed gardening, aquaponics, in-ground gardening and much more! Be sure to stick around for the garden gathering immediately after.
Noon - 1 p.m. Garden Gathering
After the tour, drop off your donation, network with other participants and enjoy lunch provided by Encore Catering. The Mecklenburg County Health Department will have booths to provide additional educational resources. 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.
2014 Tour partners include: Mecklenburg County Health Department, Friendship Gardens, Charlotte Mecklenburg Food Policy Council, Bike Charlotte, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, Mecklenburg County Cooperative Extension, Mecklenburg County Park & Recreation, Oakhurst Community Garden, Little Sugar Creek Community Garden, 8th Street Community Garden, Encore Catering, Green Teacher Network, and Mecklenburg Fruit & Vegetable Coalition.