Schools, churches, neighborhoods, community groups and other nonprofits are capitalizing on the excitement around sustainable food systems by connecting people with where their food comes from and promoting environmentally friendly living through community gardens.
However, one of the biggest hurdles community gardeners face is funding for all the supplies needed to maintain the gardens. Many of us have old shovels and tools tucked in the corners of our garages. Why not donate those unused tools for others in our community growing local foods?
Triangle area residents who dig gardening and giving are invited to donate spare gardening tools for Advocates for Health in Action’s (AHA) Garden Tool Drive.
Garden Tool Drive Locations
Sat., March 5 at AHA’s Dig In at Marbles Kids Museum in Raleigh, 8:30 am-12 pm;
Tues., March 15 at the Alexander Family YMCA at 1603 Hillsborough St. in Raleigh in the WakeMed Rehabilitation office, 11 am-1 pm;
Mon., March 21 outside the main entrance of WakeMed Cary Hospital, 1900 Kildaire Farm Rd. in Cary, 11 am-1 pm.
Wheel barrows, hoes, shovels, pick axes and other useful gardening tools are in great demand at many area community gardens. AHA will arrange for any donated tools to go to gardens in need.
AHA expects over 235 beginner and veteran gardeners at Dig In on Saturday; registration is now closed for this community garden summit, but gardening resources, presentations and handouts will be posted on the AHA web site, www.advocatesforhealthinaction.org, after the event.
Laura Aiken is a community health specialist with WakeMed Health & Hospital and is the director of Advocates for Health in Action.