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Community/Youth Garden Workshop in Charlotte, North Carolina >this week<

  • Subject: [cg] Community/Youth Garden Workshop in Charlotte, North Carolina >this week<
  • From: Don Boekelheide <dboekelheide@yahoo.com>
  • Date: Mon, 1 Mar 2004 18:13:12 -0800 (PST)

Hello everyone,

There's a wonderful opportunity for community, youth
and school gardeners this Thursday and Friday, March 4
and 5, in Charlotte, North Carolina. North Carolina
Agricultural & Technical University (NCAT) Cooperative
Extension is hosting a 2 day workshop on community and
school gardens.

Thursday's workshop focuses on community gardening,
and Friday's on youth programs. 

On Friday, Dr. Ellen Smoak and Dr. Bob Williamson of
NCAT, creators of the Down-To-Earth program for grades
6-8, will serve as trainers. For a preview, visit

They will also do the national training for Garden
Mosaics, an outstanding new garden-based science and
culture program for middle and high school age with a
youth and elders focus, created by Cornell University.
For a preview, visit www.gardenmosaics.cornell.edu

Sessions both days begin at 8 a.m. at the Sheraton
Airport Hotel in Charlotte.

In the afternoon, sessions move to the Wilmore
Community Garden, just off West Boulevard behind the
Wilmore Community Center, for hands-on sessions in
Charlotte's oldest community garden. Both days will
also feature community garden tours, with sessions
ending at 5 p.m. The workshop will provide bus
transportation from the hotel to all activities.

The Sheraton is at the intersection of I85 and the
Billy Graham Parkway (the north end of Billy Graham).
Their address is 3315 S Interstate 85 Service Road, if
you are on I85, take exit 33. You can't miss it.

The workshop is free, and includes lunch both days.
Participants are eligible for drawings for gifts and
grants valued at $250. However, the sessions are
limited to 65 participants.

If you would like to attend, call Linda McCain at
336-334-7956 at NCAT, or via email at
lmccain@ncat.edu. She will take your name, and you are
enrolled. Simple as that!

I know this notice is a bit last minute, but the
workshop is going to be well worth your time if you
are interested in community gardening, youth and elder
programs, sustainable urban agriculture and building
community through gardening. I attended last year's
conference, and it was outstanding. Also, folks
throughout North Carolina (if you come up from South
Carolina, we won't check ids, either...just ask John
Edwards) will have a chance to network and share

Here is the tentative program:

Organizers: Dr. Bob Williamson and Dr. Ellen Smoak,
North Carolina Agricultural and Technical University
Cooperative Extension faculty

THURSDAY March 4,2004

Morning session (at the Sheraton Hotel)

8-8:30 Registration
8:30 Welcome, Minnie Mitchell, Meck. Co. Cooperative
Building a data base - Dr. Ellen Smoak, Dr. Bob

9:00 Gardener's Stories: The Wilmore Garden Quilt and
tales from the Wilmore Garden. Moderator Kim Yarbray;
panelists community gardeners Mary Nash, Donna McGee,
Daisy Dunlap, Willie Coleman. 

9:30 Heritage Farms - guest speaker Frank Kimball

10:15 Creating a garden plan - Dr. Kieth Baldwin

10:45 Greenhouse gardening - Master gardener Jack
Scholfield, Katie McGill

11:15 Roundtable discussion: 'What can we do to
promote the future of community and school gardens?'
Moderator Minnie Mitchell; resource panelists Ann
Gill, Mecklenburg County Recycling PLANT Program;
Carole Joyner, past president Charlotte Green; Emily
Revels, Mecklenburg County Cooperative Extension
horticulture agent; Don Boekelheide, American
Community Gardening Association, and Zone 7
correspondent for Rodale's www.organicgardening.com.

11:45 Lunch
12:45 Bus leaves for Wilmore Center

Afternoon session (at Wilmore Center)

1:05 Welcome to Wilmore Center and Community Garden -
Willie Coleman

1:15 Introduction to Down-To-Earth and Garden Mosaics
- Ellen Smoak and Bob Williamson

1:40 Hands-on Garden Techniques Sessions (pick one:)

A. Drip Irrigation: Master Gardener Bill Clayton

B. Composting: Master Gardener and Mecklenburg County
PLANT Lead Trainer Mary Staubel

C. Organic garden soil preparation (double digging and
beyond): Don Boekelheide

2:30 Maximizing profits at a local market - Dr. John

3:15 Garden tours:

*Urban Ministry Community Garden (Urban Ministries,
with support from PLANT, Winghaven and Trinity
Episcopal School)

*Belmont Community Garden (Charlotte Green)

(if time permits, brief visits to)

*McGill Rose Garden

*Trinity Episcopal School's Earth Quilt (artist Norma
Bradley) and butterfly garden

5:00 bus returns to Sheraton Hotel

*(not a formal part of the program) 
5:30 informal gathering at Oscar's Restaurant in the
Sheraton, hosted by Mecklenburg County PLANT. Focus -
forming a broad community gardening support coalition
in the Charlotte region

FRIDAY March 5

Morning session (at the Sheraton)

8:00 gathering and Friday registration

8:30 Welcome - Ellen Smoak and Bob Williamson

8:45 Down-To-Earth Workshop (garden-based, focused on
grades 6-8) - Ellen Smoak and Bob Williamson 

10:15 Garden Mosaics Workshop Part I (outstanding
garden-based science and culture program for middle
and high school age with a youth and elders focus,
created by Cornell University) - Ellen Smoak and Bob

11:45 Lunch
1:00 Bus to Wilmore

Afternoon session (at Wilmore)
1:15 Garden Mosaics Part II

2:15 Garden Mosaics Part III, field trip:


The Dovetail Community Garden (created by residents of
First Ward and elders in Edwin Tower apartments, with
design guidance from artist Joan Bankemper)

The North Davidson (No Da) Community Garden  (a new
community garden project initiated by the community)

The bus will return to the hotel immediately when the
tours conclude, at about 3:30.

If you have any questions, drop me an email or give me
a call at 704-599-9435.

Don Boekelheide

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