WILMINGTON — Local residents with a green thumb or simply an interest in raised bed gardening are eligible to join Wilmington College’s Community Gardens project this summer.
An organizational meeting with sign-ups on a first come, first served basis will be held Wednesday, March 4) from 4 to 6 p.m. at the site of the gardens, which are located off Quaker Way across the street from Pyle Student Center.
Formerly known as Grow Food, Grow Hope, which was instituted in 2009 in the wake of the national economic downturn, the program has evolved into the WC Community Gardens. It maintains the mission of educating the public on the benefits of raised bed gardening and producing locally grown and sustainable foods.
Each year, members of the campus and surrounding community have the opportunity to manage their own raised bed garden on WC’s campus. A limited amount of space is reserved for greater community members. Portions of each bed’s yield are donated to local community agencies to supplement their food pantries.
Whole and half beds are available, and participants can choose from using seed provided by the program or bringing their own seeds. Participation in the WC Community Gardens is free of charge, however, those with the means are encouraged to financially support the program.
Designation of plots and distribution of produce are at the discretion of the College. More information is available by contacting Cassi DeHart, WC Community Gardens student manager and intern, via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or cass.I.email@example.com .
Chip Murdock, director of service and civic engagement, is the WC staff member in charge of the project. He can be reached by calling 937-481-2335 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org .