HOPE Gardens creates a community space that fosters relationships, educates the community, and addresses barriers to food access through shared efforts in sustainable agriculture.
If the land of the free was free for you and me as it so claims to be, peace would be found, food would abound, and hunger would make not a sound. We’d rise with the sun and sleep with the moon, earth in our hearts and rain in our veins. Let us plant a seed and we can be freed, so we once again know how it feels to grow.
HOPE Gardens is an entirely student-run project of HOPE (Homeless Outreach Poverty Eradication), a subcommittee of the UNC-CH Campus Y. Our dedicated staff of 10-20 students is in charge of programming and operations for HOPE Gardens. The staff is broken into three main subcommittees: Outreach, Urban Farm, and Food Access. Outreach manages community relationships – with local shelters, sponsors, community partners, students, and campus organizations – and plans events like the potlucks and workshops. Urban Farm oversees the garden’s physical operations and planting plan. Finally, Food Access is in charge of our HOPE Cooks program. If you want to join any of these student planning subcommittees, please join us at 1789 E. Franklin St (The Incubator, next to Ye Olde Waffle) on Mondays at 7:00 PM.
Co-Chair, Class of 2016; Major(s): Economics Favorite Produce: Carrots
Co-Chair, Class of 2015, Major(s): Biology, Favorite Produce: Squash
Co-Chair, Class of 2016, Major(s): Pre-Pharmacy, Favorite Produce: Green Apples
Subcommittee Outreach Chair, Class of 2016, Major(s): Global Studies and Peace, War, and Defense; Entrepreneurship Minor, Favorite Produce: Avocado
Subcommittee Food Access Chair, Class of 2016, Major(s): Environmental Geology; Sustainability Minor, Favorite Produce: Beets
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To all of our gardeners, volunteers, and friends, The 2200 Homestead Rd property we have been using since 2009 has been listed as under consideration for sale. We are asking individuals in the area to stand with us at the Town Council meeting on September 8th when we make our petition to remove the land from the[…]
1. You get to go outside Let’s face it: You’ve been stuck in the library ever since the second week of classes. Your dorm room is starting to feel pretty cramped. After working so hard on that nice Summer tan, you’re now beginning to see the symptoms of vitamin D deficiency. All you want[…]
A quick glance at Google Maps north of Chapel Hill and you’ll notice an impressive amount of green space. For a modern city, we’ve got a whole lot of parks and undeveloped land. Both people and animals can agree this improves the overall quality of life. In 2009, HOPE Gardens partnered with the Chapel Hill[…]
You already know how much it’s been storming recently. The past couple of weeks have been an endless deluge–and families all throughout the Triangle have seen their homes and property destroyed. Sixty buildings at UNC experienced flooding. Today, the Governor declared a state of disaster. If you take a walk down to the creek closest[…]
The domestication of sweet potatoes began several thousands of years ago. American Indians somewhere between the Yucatan Peninsula and the Orinoco River of Venezuela gradually bred starchy roots into the sweet, orange tubers we know today. By the time the Europeans reached North America, the staple was grown across the continent. Ever since, sweet potatoes[…]
If one walks down the trail behind the gardens, before long there’s a faint humming sound. Emerging from the forest, a bright field stretches down to the pond. On either side of the tall-grass clearing are two blue boxes standing on cinder blocks. Approaching these boxes, the humming soon becomes buzzing. Dozens of busy insects[…]
ATTENTION COMMUNITY GARDEN MANAGERS AND URBAN FARMERS Guidelines for Composting at Urban Farms/Community Gardens Date: Saturday, July 13 Time: 9:30 a.m.-Noon Location: HOPE Gardens, 2200 Homestead Road, Chapel Hill, NC Website: http://www.nchopegardens.com/ *Pre-registration Required* (see below) Registration Fee: $10 at door Limit: 30 participants Featured Speaker: Brian Rosa, Organic Recycling Specialist, NC DENR This workshop[…]
Link to Food Access Research Atlas. Turns out “food deserts” aren’t limited to dusty plains out West. They’re here, right around us in North Carolina’s cities and countryside. The United States Department of Agriculture writes: “There are many ways to define which areas are considered “food deserts” and many ways to measure food store access[…]
(photo credits to Kevin Ji and Emerson Rhudy) A blog on potatoes, because they are truly amazing. Different types of potatoes There are thousands of potato varieties… but what do we grow at the garden? Sweet Potatoes, Yukon Golds, and Russet potatoes. They are common, all purpose varieties that are delicious and nutritious. How do[…]
Community gardens have the power to transform communities. Annette Smith and Karl Paige, two residents of a crime-addled area of San Francisco, did just that simply by planting some flowers in a trash-filled median strip in their neighborhood one afternoon in 2002. Since then, the small patch of flowers has grown into a full-blown movement[…]