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Forecast doesn't dampen M.A.G.I.C.A.L. groundbreaking

Monarch Groundbreaking -FBDespite cloudy skies, scores of people attended the groundbreaking ceremony for The Monarch Ability Garden Integrating Community and Land (M.A.G.I.C.A.L.) project in New Bern on Aug. 29. The initiative was designed to provide a place for people to gather and learn through a series of sessions on health, nutrition and sustainable gardening while reaping the benefits from expanded access to locally grown healthy foods.The garden is one of three that Monarch will develop across the state.

During the ceremony, a number of key community partners were recognized, including the Harold H. Bate Foundation, Inc., which awarded Monarch $30,000 forMagical Garden Crowd-web the project, Craven County Health Department, N.C. State University’s Cooperative Extension Service, the Small Business Center at Craven Community College, Eagle Scout Thomas Hullander, and architect John Lucas, who designed the garden blueprints. Other contributors include CarolinaEast Foundation and CarolinaEast Health System, the North Carolina Community Foundation, Don and Sue Haines, the New Bern Woman’s Club, Guy C. Lee Building Materials and numerous other private and in-kind contributors.

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