News and Notes: Monarch hosts ribbon cutting for community garden in New Bern
Monarch hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony on June 4 to celebrate the development and success of its large community garden in Craven County. The public event was held at the garden which is located at one of Monarch’s day programs at Health Dr. in New Bern.
The Monarch Ability Garden Integrating Community and Land (M.A.G.I.C.A.L.) project was designed to provide a place for people to gather and learn about sustainable gardening while reaping the benefits from expanded access to healthy, locally grown foods.
Monarch received a $30,000 award from the Harold H. Bate Foundation, Inc. for the community garden, which was designed by local architect John Lucas. Additional grant proceeds, instrumental in designing and constructing the garden, were received from the CarolinaEast Foundation and from the Richard Chapman Cleve Fund with the Craven County Community Foundation.
Monarch officials believe the garden will help increase physical activity through gardening, offering positive health benefits from improved nutrition through a series of educational seminars on health and nutrition that will be available on site.
Most importantly, the garden is a way to build community and inclusion through existing partnerships with agencies like the Craven County Health Department, N.C. State University’s Cooperative Extension Service and the Small Business Center at Craven Community College. The garden in New Bern is one of three large community gardens that Monarch has developed across the state.