The Villa Heights Community Garden was established in April 2014, thanks to the vision, dedication, and sweat equity of community members, along with a generous matching grant from the City of Charlotte’s Neighborhood & Business Services. The garden is located in beautiful Cordelia Park just below the upper playground. You can easily find it by looking down the hill to the brightly painted shed.
The garden was created with the vision of getting fresh produce in the hands of Villa Heights community members, especially being that we were a food desert. It was also designed as a space for neighbors to come together, work together, and grow a better sense of community.
On April 12, 2014 the garden had its kick-off event, in which community members were invited to visit the garden, help us plant our first crops, meet neighbors, enjoy free food, listen to live music, and enjoy the park. The event was a success with many local families coming together for the day.
We have even had the pleasure of hosting a few garden education sessions for children, in which they learn what it means to have organic foods, how to plant, how to make plants grow, and the bare basic necessities of having an at-home garden. Children and adults alike can learn much from working together and watching seeds become food.
The garden has grown considerably since its inception; with more beds, perennial plants (grapevine, butterfly bushes, elderberries, and more), increased help, more production, and a better handle on what we are doing! The Villa Heights Community Garden would not be a garden without the help of COMMUNITY, so if you wish to volunteer or have any great ideas for the future, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are always looking for volunteers to help us plant, maintain, weed, and water the garden! You will REAP the benefits – literally! Please contact us at email@example.com if you would like to help on any level!