The Wagon Hill Farm Community Garden (WHFCG) was created by leasing approximately one acre of land from the town of Durham free of charge for the purpose of gardening.
In 2009, the garden started with 9 plots. As we approach the 2016 gardening season, there are now over 104 planting sites ranging in size from 4′ x 10′ to 20′ x 20’ in both raised beds or open plots and 81 gardeners.
For over three years, Timberland Corporation provided a community service grant and much of the garden was built with the support of this civic minded corporation and its caring employees.
The Town of Durham, The Durham Department of Public Works, and the citizen volunteers have also made enormous contributions in creating this productive and beautiful space.
Each season, the garden is organized and administered by a team of volunteers who meet monthly throughout the year.
Gardeners pay an annual fee and agree in writing to follow the guidelines of the garden which include:
- gardening without chemicals
- abiding by organic gardening principles
- monitoring weeds and pests by hand picking and weeding
- mulching beds to retain moisture by using donated hay and straw
- encouraging the purchase of locally sourced plant materials
Water and some common gardening tools are provided. There is also a large plot which produces food for local food pantries.
The WHFCG consists of enthusiastic local gardeners who find satisfaction in producing fresh organic vegetables for their families. For further information, check out www.communitygardensforall.org
Submitted by: Debby B., MG since 2010