In the beginning…
“Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their various kinds.” And it was so. 29 Then God said, “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food. God saw all that he had made, and it was very good.
The Garden of Concord, a community garden, was first planted in Eli Whitney, NC in May 2009 and has remained dedicated to serving its community as it is itself worked and shared by the community. No experience is necessary and all ages are welcome. All tools, seeds, plants, and instructions are provided. We learn and grow together.
The garden is a collective (not individual plots) community garden with over 50 varieties of seasonal produce planted in 100+ wide raised beds (1/2 acre of growing space) along with theme gardens, blueberry bushes, grapevines, strawberries, herbs, cut flowers, and so much more. We also have a shaded picnic area, children’s play area, a passive solar greenhouse, a brick pizza oven, “how to” workshops, a junior gardener’s program called “Kidz Thyme”, and many celebrations.
Operating under the basic principles of sustainable agriculture, our crops are grown without fertilizers or chemicals, relying instead on cover-cropping and the compost donated and what we make ourselves. We welcome the good bugs and pick off the bad guys (the kids love hunting for them!). All tasks, tilling, weeding, planting, etc. are done manually as we respect and commit to being good stewards of God’s creation.
Membership is open to all people who want to work together to grow fresh healthy organic fruits, vegetables, and friendships.
Members join for only $25 per family per year with a commitment to work an average of one hour per week for a share of the day’s harvest (sponsored membership’s available provided by our Garden Angels). A portion of the daily harvest is also donated to our local food pantry, S.A.F.E. (Southern Alamance Family Empowerment) as well as any other neighbors in need within our community.
We offer CSAs (Community Supported Agriculture) with our “Box of Blessings” program to families in need as referred by our local food pantry and elementary school for 24 weeks of fresh produce. Additionally, we invite folks to sponsor the boxes donated (any and all donations are welcomed towards a sponsored Box!) To learn more about sponsoring a Box of Blessings share, click here.
Flexible work days during the garden season include Monday and Thursday evenings (5:30-7:30pm) along with Saturday mornings (9-noon). Members (and non) of the garden contribute to the “feeding of the soil” by saving their kitchen waste in a lidded container provided and bring it to the garden weekly to add to the compost bin.
For those that cannot commit to work in the garden but want to support our growing efforts, we are thankful for any and all donations which enable us to further our mission by providing needed membership assistance, helping pay for seeds, supplies and tools, as well as helping us donate 10 Box of Blessings to local families in need. To learn more about being a supporter, click here.
Many hands make light work! Come grow with us…it WILL be good!
“Now the LORD God had planted a garden in the east, in Eden; and there he put the man he had formed. 15 The LORD God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.”