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News & Notes: New Bern Mayor Dana Outlaw speaks at the Health Drive ribbon cutting ceremony

13-Ribbon Cutting IMG 3241nMonarch 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. New Bern Mayor Dana Outlaw was in attendance and spoke at the event.

Click here to see a video of his remarks.

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.

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