The Scrap Exchange is excited to announce the beginning of our community garden program!
Beginning in spring 2016, Durham residents have the opportunity to rent a community garden plot at The Scrap Exchange for an entire growing year (Mar 1 through Dec 1)! The plots are 5×5 raised beds and are limited in number. Please contact community garden coordinator Hendall at community [at] scrapexchange [dot] org to inquire about availability or for more information. [Update May 2016: All garden plots have been rented! Please stop by and see what’s growing!]
Members of the community are invited to joing the Scrap Exchange Garden Committee. Meetings are held monthly and are usually followed by a work party.
The Garden Committee is working to creating the vision of the Community Garden at The Scrap Exchange. Please contact us at community [at] scrapexchange [dot] org for meeting times and ways to become involved.
If you would like to become involved but can’t make monthly meetings, we can add you to our Garden Commitee mailing list to receive information about work days and other garden-related activities.
What is the Community Garden?
Community gardens are pieces of land that are maintained by a collective of group of individuals working both independently and together on the project as a whole. Community gardens provide access to fresh food in urban areas where access to land can be hard to come by. They also provide satisfying work, a sense of community, and a way to build connection to the environment around us.
The Scrap Exchange Community Garden consists of 10 raised beds built on pallets with brick sides and filled with soil. They are located on the east edge of the courtyard, past the basketball hoops. Plots are available to rent for the year by filling out a community garden application. [Update May 2016: All garden plots have been rented! Please stop by and see what’s growing!]
The Garden Committee is also imagining creative ways to use the front landscaped portion of The Scrap Exchange to create an experimental garden. The goal is to create a space that highlights the potential of gardening based on the overall principles of The Scrap Exchange and its commitment to reuse.
If you have ideas about what you would like to see in our garden areas, we’d love to hear about it!
The Scrap Exchange expresses its gratitude to the following sponsors for their support of our garden projects:
- , Duke University Office of Durham and Regional Affairs
- Rachel Preston of Preston Landscapes