If you’ve ever driven through our Durham campus, you might have noticed towering sunflowers in August, or beds of curly kale in December. That’s because we have a community garden right at the center of our campus, and while it’s certainly beautiful to look at, it’s got a lot more to give.
Together with Inter-faith Food Shuttle‘s Eliza Bordley, BCBSNC volunteers gathered on Tuesdays and Thursdays in 2014 tend the garden, and all the healthful results were distributed to Urban Ministries of Durham and other community partners.
Inter-faith Food Shuttle recently profiled our last growing season in the garden, and what it means for the community, over at their blog. From the post:
During the 2014 spring season, volunteers harvested forty pounds of organic, fresh vegetables; including: cucumbers, beans, peas, greens, herbs and early tomatoes. During the summer months, when afternoon workday temps were in the triple digits, BCBSNC volunteers harvested an additional seventy-five pounds of melons, heirloom tomatoes, cucumbers, beans, peppers and kale. This fall season has also been good to us! The garden season will extend until the winter holidays begins and volunteers have already been busy cutting over thirty pounds of fresh lettuce, mustard greens, collards, kale, late tomatoes, sweet potatoes and loads of carrots.