Gardening With SEEDS is Close to Home

This week’s Gardens Around the Globe feature is set close to home in the gardens of the SEEDS program in Durham, North Carolina. This urban farming leadership development program helps teenagers make healthy food choices, practice organic gardening and learn a variety of business practices.


SEEDS stands for “South Eastern Efforts Developing Sustainable Spaces” and is one of three community gardens in the U.S. honored with a 2010 Nature Hills Nursery Green America Award for making a difference in the Durham community. SEEDS was selected for the First Place Award out of more than 200 applications submitted by community groups, nonprofit organizations and gardening programs across the country. SEEDS will receive $1500 in plants to use in the gardens.


I had the chance to visit SEEDS last September and was able to see groups of teens getting hands-on experience gardening, growing food and learning to respect the land and each other. SEEDS mission is to “help individuals, neighborhoods and communities grow together through gardening, gathering and education.”


The gardens are located on a parcel of land that includes more than 80 acres and some of the historic farm’s original tobacco barns and curing houses.


This hoop house sits in front of a large mural that takes up the entire wall of this building. A new greenhouse, located just to the left of this site, was built by volunteers, interns, carpenters and staff to create a 22′ x 14′ greenhouse.


Hand-painted signage and artwork dot the SEEDS ‘Garden of Eatin’. In addition to plant and warning labels, there are large panels of artwork hung from the fence, each created by the talented students in the SEEDlings program.


 

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