Samuel Green Sr. Community Garden

The Samuel Green Sr. Community Garden, located at 2421 Cheek Road, will provide a space to address food insecurity and foster a sense of community in the Merrick-Moore Neighborhood. The development of the garden is being facilitated by a grant from the UHaul Mini Grant, and we’re planning to plant our first crop in the Fall of 2021.

This project aims to reduce food insecurity in the neighborhood, by growing fruits and vegetables, as well as hosting gatherings and events. Samuel Green Sr. Community Garden is an ideal way of revisiting Merrick-Moore’s community history of yard gardens. At the same time, the garden will provide a space for Merrick-Moore Elementary school’s outdoors program, where children learn about gardening and nature.

Phase 1 of this project involved being awarded the neighborhood matching grant by the Neighborhood Matching Grants Program. With this grant and the help of volunteers, we were able to clear one quarter of the property. In phase 2, we will test the soil and water for contaminants. We are seeking a grant that will enable us in removing invasive plant species, hire a forestry mulcher and a land architect. Our goal is to be ready to plant our first crop in Fall 2021.

 

Designing the garden

The community held a workshop on June 10, 2021 at Mt. Zoar Baptist Church (walking distance to the garden site). The workshop was a part of a regularly scheduled Merrick-Moore Community meeting. Participants were invited to engage to two exercises: planning, and visual preference.

Planning results from 9 participants aggregated into two general concepts. The first concept used the area south of the creek as a mixed agriculture and community gathering zone reserving north of the creek for walking trails. The second concept used the area south of the creek as a mixed agriculture and community gathering zone including a high house but without inground fields. The area north of the creek was used for in ground fields, included additional gathering and shelter spaces.

In terms of visual preference, workshop participants expressed the desire for a permanent formal shelter, low impact unpaved trails and wooden bridges at creek crossings, and a range of agricultural areas (in ground, raised beds, and hoop houses). The results of the workshop will inform the development of concepts for community review before finalizing a single garden concept plan.

Partnerships

To ensure a successful outcome, we have and will be partnering with:

  • Kofi Boone, FASLA, Professor and University Faculty Scholar, NC State University College of Design
  • The Ellerbe Creek Watershed, to identify invasive plant species. Supported work through installing rain gardens and cisterns
  • Duke University for water samples.
  • Trees Durham, to donate fruit and nut trees.
  • Keep Durham Beautiful, for use of their tool lending library and donating pollinators plants.

This project is being completed in phases and each phase will have different needs, with financial and volunteers being a major factor of each phase. We are actively seeking sponsorship from individuals and businesses who are able to contribute through labor or sponsorships.

 

Samuel Green Sr. Community Garden

Merrick-Moore