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File #: 19-117    Version: 1 Name:
Type: Agendas Status: Agenda Ready
File created: 3/14/2019 In control: Board of Aldermen
On agenda: 3/26/2019 Final action:
Title: Town of Carrboro Community Gardens Discussion PURPOSE: The purpose of the item is to review the Carrboro Community Garden structure and development through the years. Community Gardeners from Dr. MLK Jr. garden and Baldwin Park will also provide a brief update of their accomplishments and goals.
Attachments: 1. Attachment A - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Garden, 2. Attachment B - Baldwin Park Garden, 3. Attachment C - Community Garden History, 4. Attachment D Additional Community Garden Information
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Town of Carrboro Community Gardens Discussion
PURPOSE: The purpose of the item is to review the Carrboro Community Garden structure and development through the years. Community Gardeners from Dr. MLK Jr. garden and Baldwin Park will also provide a brief update of their accomplishments and goals.
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DEPARTMENT: Recreation and Parks

CONTACT INFORMATION: Anita Jones-McNair, Recreation and Parks Director - 919-918-7381 or Wendell Rodgers, Facilities Administrator - 919-918-7371.

INFORMATION: In recent month's Board of Aldermen members have asked about how park construction at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is affecting garden operations, the overall community garden structure, make up of garden participants, town obligations and current/future direction.

Currently, the Town of Carrboro is home to two community gardens in the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Park and one at Baldwin Park. Three organizations, The Carrboro Community Garden Coalition (CCGC), The Family Garden (formally managed by Orange County Partnership for Your Children) and Baldwin Park Community Garden supervise and recruit volunteers and manage garden operations.

The Family Garden is comprised of individual plots and a formal organization. CCGC has a loose communal organization where work and harvest are shared among the participants. Both organizations collaborate to maintain the joint site.

Both garden sites are active and self-sufficient with limited town involvement. For the purpose of completing this update, staff requested current information from each garden group.

Dr. MLK Jr Park Community Garden has been sustained through various grants such as The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Both garden groups at Dr. MLK Jr. Park and Baldwin Community Garden received funds from the Nourishing NC Garden Grant (funds provided by Nourishing North Carolina Program, Blue Cross & Blue Shield of NC and the NC Recreation and Parks Association) on April ...

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