Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced last week that August 23-29 is National Community Gardening Week, and declared the need for Americans to connect with the land, the food it grows, and their local communities.
Community gardens are growing ( literally J ) in North Carolina, and there are many ways to learn more and become involved.
· Visit a community garden in your area. Pearson Garden Work Day - This Wednesday!
· NCSU; NC A&T; Eat Smart, Move More NC and the NC Department of Public Health have partnered on an NC Community Gardens site:http://nccommunitygarden.ncsu.edu/
· The Eat Smart, Move More Growing Communities Through Gardens Guide was also released today. It’s available in .pdf format.
· Does your organization have an upcoming community garden-related event or workshop? If so, be sure to put it up on the Environmental Education Calendar. If you have never posted an event, contact the Office of EE for instructions.
· Join N.C. Community Garden Partners.
· Want to learn more about community garden/school partnerships and ways schools are utilizing gardening in the curriculum? Consider the upcoming N.C. Outdoor Classroom Symposium, October 23rd, 2009.