Wagon Hill Community Garden closes it’s Tenth! gardening season on November 3, 2018.
The idea of creating a Durham based organic community garden was initiated by Suzanne MacDonald.
Dennis Meadows masterminded the administrative process of setting up the garden, negotiating with the Town of Durham to use Town land for the garden.
Dennis created the 501c3 non profit organization, Community Gardens for All, to procure grants to build the garden. Lauren Chase Rowell suggested contacting Timberland and laid out a design plan for the garden.
The first year, 2009, a group of six hearty gardeners carved out nine 10×10 plots and Filson Glantz erected a fence around them. A steering committee of great garden enthusiasts organized the garden practices and participants. We meet monthly, year around, to coordinate the garden.
On Earth Day, 2010, 70 Timberland Corporation employees arrived at Wagon Hill and built our second phase of the garden in one day. It was exciting to offer gardening beds to interested area gardeners to garden! Timberland gave us two more grants of staff time and materials over the next two years growing the garden bed offerings by 20-25 beds each year.
There were gardeners on the wait lists ready to accept them. We now have approximately 118 beds, and approximately 75 gardeners with a waiting list.
In Summer 2018 we put up a 200′ x 200′ x 7′ high deer fence to protect our gardens from deer. We’re working on the beginnings of a perennial garden with blueberries, elderberries, rhubarb, chives, comfrey, oregano, thyme, walking onions and sun chokes.
Our garden provides wood raised beds, in ground sheet mulched prepared beds, a full tool shed, well water, hoses, compost in the spring, mulch hay, occasional workshops throughout the garden season, and eight organized work days from April-October, master gardener help, and friendship.
It costs $30 a season to have a bed and a commitment of a minimum of four hours per year of community work.
We have a permanent 20’x20′ Food Pantry garden staffed by volunteers. All the produce (and extra from gardeners who donate) goes to the two food pantries in Durham.
It’s a great place to garden with gorgeous open sky, full sunshine all day, gentle breezes, colorful birds, friendly gardeners, and a beautiful farm to enjoy and love.
For further information, consult our website.
Submitted by: Suzanne MacDonald, MG since 2016