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Winterville Community Garden

Winterville is proud to now host its very own city-sponsored community garden near Pittard Park - 2017 is our fourth year and we hope you will come going in on the fun!

Winterville Community Garden vision:

The Winterville Community Garden is a place for sharing gardening knowledge in a collaborative environment; promoting self-sufficiency; providing healthy and productive activities for members of our community; promoting a chemical-free and sustainable source of food and beauty; and fostering a sense of community in Winterville. 

What is a community garden?

A community garden is a piece of land gardened by a group of people for the production of fruits, vegetables, herbs, and flowers.

Why join a community garden?

  • Space to grow food
  • ​​Experience the fresh air
  • Get some exercise
  • An opportunity to connect with your neighbors
  • Time with nature
  • Peace & relaxation
  • Share and improve your gardening skills
  • Save money by growing your own food
  • ​Enjoy pesticide-free food

How do I join the Winterville Community Garden?

For a modest fee, you can own a raised garden bed measuring 8 x 4 feet, shade-free and a food deep in fertile compost and soil mix. Each bed is ready to plant, comes with its own drip irrigation system, and is watered on an automatic timer. All you need to do is choose your favorite seeds, do the tending, and enjoy your harvest.

Please print the Community Garden Registration Form 2017 or pick up a copy at City Hall and return the form with your payment. Please read the Community Garden Rules & Guidelines as well.

How much does it cost to join?

2017 Rentals: Payment for your plot is due by March 1st, and this will cover one whole year until the end of February 2018.  The rental fee is still $30 for one year.

Please fill out the form and take it, together with your payment, to City Hall.  There will also be forms available at City Hall.  There are a few boxes vacant at the moment, and after March 1st, those, and any that have not been rented, will be available to new gardeners.  So encourage your friends and neighbors to join us!

The “Rules and Regulations” is a separate document for you to keep for reference.

For more information:

Contact WintervilleCommunityGarden@gmail.com

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Field Trip

October 4, 2017

Good Evening WCG Gardeners –

The Garden Committee thought it might be fun to do a local field trip for the next work party!  We think we’ve all worked hard, got through the summer, and deserve a break!  This will be on Saturday, October 28th, and I think 10 a.m. would probably be a good time, but that is not confirmed yet.

The site is Spring Valley EcoFarms – 1695 Spring Valley Road in Winterville.  Their mission is to restore soil through sustainable agriculture.  I have contacted Dr. Carl Jordan, Farm Owner and Director, and he has confirmed that this date would be good.  There is a lot of good reading on their website:  www.springvalleyecofarms.org

This is what his email said:

“…..you need to know what to expect at Spring Valley Ecofarms.  We do not grow flowers, nor do landscaping.  We are research on sustainable agriculture for small farms.  At the moment, there are three projects: "living mulch" in which annual vegetables and perennial shrubs are planted within a bed of perennial clover.  The clover enriches the soil with nitrogen, and suppresses weeds. Another project is cycling nutrients from a duck pond onto wood chips to make compost.  We use the ducks for eggs and meat.  Our blueberries were planted about 8 years ago on the worst soil of the farm under the light shade of Paulownia trees, to mimic shade grown coffee. The bushes have been supplied with heavy supplements of wood chips.

Those are the main things to be seen now - on our web site are descriptions of earlier projects.”

The tours are between 1 and 2 hours, depending on interest, and would include a half-mile walk.  He offers a horse-drawn wagon if anyone needs this, but says the ride is very bumpy!

There is no cost, but contributions are welcome.

If you think you might be interested in this tour, please let me know, and about a week ahead of time I’ll ask for a firm commitment from those who reply.

Thanks.  We hope you’ll join the group!

Averil

For WCG Committee

Meeting Minutes

September 28, 2017

Winterville Community Garden Committee & Winterville Community Garden General Membership Meeting

Monday, September 18, 2017 (PDF)

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