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Simon’s Green Acre Community Garden has achieved broad support from community education institutes like Forsyth Tech. community college, Winston Salem State University, Wake Forest Transitional Science Institute Program in Community Engagement, churches like Emmanuel Baptist and United Metropolitan Methodist, community development organizations like Big Brothers Big Sisters and City Youth Advisory Council, and neighborhood organizations like The Neighborhood Housing Association. Simon’s Green Acres supports 10 community garden plots, growing organic vegetables for the community.
The vision is to nurture success in neighborhoods through sustainable garden ventures and serving the communities’ by offering opportunities to learn and grow organically.
The goal is to be a self-sustaining community garden enterprise where people in the neighborhood can plant and grow organic produce. We would also like to set up a farm stand where produce can be purchased and create a local mobile farm.
The community garden uses organic soil and does not use any pesticides. The produce is harvested, weighed and distributed (around 12,000lbs every year) to Second Harvest Food Bank and The Good Samaritan Soup Kitchen.
Raised Bed Gardening
We are converting our in ground gardens into raised bed gardens. We need lots of volunteers to help us fill the wooden frames with dirt. What do you need to bring - nothing! Be sure to wear clothes you don't mind getting a little dirty. Come out ready to have fun.
A few of the gardens on the site:
Simon's Green Acre (WSSU Garden)
Ken Carlson Boys and Girls Club
United Metropolitan Missionary Baptist Church (UMMBC) Community Garden
Phi Omega Global Poverty AKAcultural Project
Southside Community Church Garden
Plow & Hearth
Exodus Baptist Church
Miranda Legg is passionate about recycling. She also loves a good competition.
In April, Legg, a senior psychology major and Spanish minor at Winston-Salem State University (WSSU), combined both passions to help the university win a nationwide recycling competition.
Throughout April, she sent emails to fellow students. She also set up recycling boxes in Foundation Heights, where she lives and works as resident assistant (RA), and in the C.E. Gaines Center.
At the end of the competition, Legg had collected more than 5,000 beauty and personal care containers, topping college competitors on 50 campuses to win Garnier’s Rinse, Recycle, Repeat: College Competition, created in partnership with TerraCycle and DoSomething.org.
“I’m proud of all the support that I’ve gotten from my family, friends and school for helping me win,” Legg said. “I really feel like my participation in this contest has made a difference, and it is helping inspire other to recycle more or at least use reusable water bottles.”
For leading WSSU’s campaign, Legg, a Provost’s Scholar and member of the S.G. Atkins Honors Society, received a $2,000 scholarship.
Her work has also paid off for WSSU and the communities around the university.
Simon's Green Acre Community Garden, located at the Enterprise Center, has received a Garnier Green Garden worth $30,000. The donation includes garden materials and grant money to purchase plants and soil. The garden materials, which include benches and a gazebo, are made from recycled personal care and beauty packaging collected through the Garnier-sponsored recycling program.
“This is the largest donation we have received since Simon’s Green Acre was created in 2010,” said Carol Davis, executive director of the S.G. Atkins Community Development Corp. “This generous donation....
Simon’s Community Gardens
Simon’s Community Gardens is an organic community garden, rooted in the Winston-Salem State University (WSSU) tradition of service. It ties together WSSU’s students, faculty, staff and neighbors through hands-on learning in sustainable horticulture, therapeutic gardening and teamwork to provide fresh produce and encourage a healthy lifestyle.
We are currently looking for Community Garden Volunteers every Wednesday,
5:00 pm. – 7:00 pm. and Saturday, 9:00 am. – 11:00 am.
Please come out and support your local garden!
For more information call (336) 734-6900
Our current census tract of 8.0 and 8.01 are under served and are in a food desert. Economic numbers and health and nutrition numbers are appalling. The community needs access to fresh, nutritious produce. By developing, maintaining and sustaining a group of community gardens, Simon’s Green Acres plans to involve the community in bettering itself. Simon's Green Acres plans to solidify its current partnership with the neighborhood housing society and build community support while providing the neighborhood with fresh food. It plans on providing a safe place, a secure garden and a community meeting spot, where one can get their hands dirty while producing concrete results to recreate community pride and provide a necessary service for the surrounding area. Simon's Green Acre also allows opportunity for hands on education for children from the community organizations. They get their hands dirty, work hard and learn to respect plants and the soil.
SG Atkins has the plots prepared and plowed thrice a year and has it fenced for security. They have also constructed two sheds to store equipment used for gardening and for harvesting produce.
On how to get started with your own community garden please contact:
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S.G. ATKINS CDC
The Simon Green Atkins Community Development Corporation (SGACDC) is a non-profit organization that strives to foster community-based leadership focused on revitalizing the neighborhoods surrounding Winston-Salem State University.
1922 S.MLK Jr. Dr.,
Winston-Salem, NC 27107
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