How you can help!

Help us keep the garden going! Garden planning teams offer our volunteers the opportunity to participate beyond work days in the garden. Our teams are small, we hope everyone can donate an hour or so per week, but any help is appreciated.

Community Team:

(Equity, Inclusivity, and community outreach)

 

The Community team is discussing how we can continually learn how we might best promote and support equity, inclusivity, and resilience in our community. They also facilitate partnerships with other organizations with whom we may learn from, and who may help us to identify opportunities for mutual aid and community cooperation. And they continually look for ways that we can eliminate barriers and welcome everyone to our community spaces.

 

Coordinators:
(work day leaders and garden stewards)

 

Our Coordinators are gardeners who are comfortable and willing to help by hosting guided group work days, provide orientations, or lead work shop and skill share events.

Business Team

(organizational documents, grants

 

Planting Team:

(Crops, seeds, rotations)

 

Last but not least, this group will be helping us to get the right plants in the ground at the right times; We will be compiling a library of crop information for the design team to present, and creating the seasonal calendar that lists when we can seed/transplant/prune/harvest each crop. We can also review special techniques for how crops are pruned (like tomato suckers), or harvested (like pinching basil at the best spot). This team will also look to help us understand which crops we can save seeds from, which local farms may be willing to donate starts each year, what seeds we have on hand, and what seeds we may need for the coming season.

Garden wish list

We are hoping to collect the following items to help our community garden efforts.

  • long term water access

    • storage tanks

    • trailer

    • rain catchment

    • municipal access or well

    • hoses, adapters

    • irrigation lines

  • seeds & starts - to supplement donations

  • hoop house nursery - to grow our own starts and extend our season

  • cold frames

  • lumber / building materials for compost and mulch bins

  • picnic tables, benches

  • tools - garden hand tools, wheelbarrows, etc

  • remay

  • weed barrier

  • plastic row covers

  • shed

  • garden carts/wagons

  • bike carts - to haul tools and plants without driving

  • oak and other hardwoods for mushroom cultivation

  • wood, leaf litter, compost, mulch

  • bee hives

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Future Projects

bee hives

 

Bee City USA has recognized Hillsborough's work towards colony declines. It seems a natural fit for us to consider bee hives as a reflection of this designation, as well as to benefit our gardens with pollinators, and our members with access to honey.

 

mushrooms 

herbal gardens and tinctures

orchard with fruit trees, grapes and berries

tables, benches and gathering space

classes, workshops, and gatherings

 

bee keeping, mushroom cultivation, herbal tincture workshops, as well as opportunities for group training in equity, language, Hillsborough and Occaneechi history, performances, potlucks and more.