February 15, 2016
Last week we were lucky enough to have Jill Edwards, Black Mountain Recreation and Parks, host our February Wellness Webinar. This week’s blog discusses some of Black Mountain’s community gardens, healthy eating concepts and ideas to aid your department in implementing a similar program.
Briefly, Black Mountain’s Eat Smart program includes three community gardens, two youth gardens, a demonstration garden and their largest garden, the Dr. John Wilson Community Garden. Between all these various gardens in the Black Mountain community, the estimated annual produce is roughly 13,000 pounds! The Eat Smart Black Mountain program works to promote healthy eating and active living through hands-on gardening and nutritious programs. My blog also discusses some of the suggested resources, including the American Community Garden Association, NRPA Grow Your Park, as well as our NCRPA Community Gardens page, which offers suggestions and tips when first establishing a community garden. If you missed out on this informative webinar, click the following Vimeo link to watch:https://vimeo.com/154759752. Or read my blog for more information.
Lastly, NC Recre8’s statewide 5k is excited to announce registration is now live! The race will take place on Saturday, April 16, at various locations across North Carolina. Click the following link for more information and to check if there are any race locations by you: www.ncparkrun.com
If you would like to share your ideas regarding community gardens, please email us or submit them on the wellness site here:(firstname.lastname@example.org, http://www.ncrpa.net/?Wellnesssub)
Graduate Assistant, NC Recreation & Park Association
883 Washington St, Raleigh, NC27605