Have you ever gone grocery shopping and was shocked to spend $3 on a bell pepper? Or picked up a few tomatoes only to put them back after realizing they would end up being over $5 once you weighed them? When it comes to shopping for produce, at some point you have probably said, “I might as well grow it myself!” Well you could be right.
For those of you who may not have a green thumb but want to take a step towards growing your own food – there is hope for you to have a beautiful (and bountiful) garden this year. The folks over at Carolina Food Gardens are ready to help local residents, schools, businesses and restaurants thrive this spring through their custom design and construction of raised bed food gardens built with locally sourced materials. Since 2012 Carolina Food Gardens (CFG) has helped clients create unique spaces such as an educational garden for a private school in Gastonia to a community garden for Wake County Urban Ministries.
Carolina Food Gardens can help Triangle Area residents get more from their property by creating a garden that will continuously provide organic food. What makes CFG unique is the customized approach they take when creating your space. They start by conducting an on-site assessment of your property evaluating the impact of sunlight, possible threats of insects, and availability of water. They also discover your main goals for the space. Each of these elements will play a role in both the overall layout and appearance of your garden. Their building capabilities range from large plots of land to townhomes with little walk space.
“We provide raised beds that can be reached from stone pathways, all fenced with a decorative material to let sunshine in and keep critters out,” shares CFG’s owner Craig Dubisky, “We can also create entrances with unique top board to stop climbing creatures from enjoying your bounty.” Craig has spent the past 35 years tending to his own garden and enjoys providing clients with guidance once their gardens are completed and for years to come.
If you need help getting started in your garden, Carolina Food Gardens can take a hands-on approach by creating a tailored maintenance plan or even assist in planting and end of season activities. Even if you are comfortable with harvesting your own fruits and vegetables, CFG will provide support in creating a plan to get started on the right foot.
As previously mentioned, CFG has been involved with creating school gardens. These low maintenance systems create incredible outdoor classrooms where students can learn where their food comes from and get hands-on educational experience.
“We were over whelmed with the produce we were able to share this year.”
– Wake County Urban Ministries
The benefits of maintaining a garden are innumerable – even corporations and restaurants have caught on! Major corporations like Google and Yahoo have jumped on the gardening wagon and the trend is growing. Benefits of a corporate garden include effective team building and communication, promotion of healthy eating and a chance for employees to get out from behind their desks.
Nowadays, North Carolina restaurants are promoting the use of locally sourced ingredients. Imagine sitting at your favorite local eatery and seeing ‘Made with herbs and vegetables fresh from our own garden!’ printed on the menu. Not only does this add value to the guest experience but provides motivation for the kitchen to continually produce creative dishes throughout the season.
Much like the customizable maintenance plans CFG creates for their residential clients; schools, corporations and restaurants can feel confident that their gardens will be in good hands through their own maintenance plan. “Let us create a space that gives you the opportunity to grow food for you to enjoy and share for years to come,” says Dubisky.
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Ready to get started?
Receive $100 in gift cards from Carolina Food Gardens to use towards your plants and seeds when CFG builds your dream garden this spring. Just mention Raleigh Happening when you contact them!
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