Monarch to host ribbon cutting for community garden in New Bern June 4
Monarch will host a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the development and success of its large community garden in Craven County.
The public event will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, June 4 at the garden, which is located at one of Monarch’s day programs for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, at 1320 Health Dr., New Bern. The community is invited to attend this free ceremony.
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, a nonprofit organization that provides support statewide to thousands of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, mental illness and substance abuse disorders, 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.
Established in 1958, Monarch provides support statewide to thousands of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, mental illness and substance use disorders. The agency is nationally accredited by The Council on Quality and Leadership (CQL) and is CABHA certified. Monarch, which operates The Arc of Stanly County, is an affiliate chapter of The Arc of North Carolina and The Arc of the United States.
Pictured Above: A rendering illustrating the pergola view of the garden. On May 13-14, employees from BB&T's downtown branch in New Bern volunteered to help distribute crushed stone between the garden beds, constructed two picnic tables, a garden swing with canopy, a composter as well as seeds and garden tools and gloves for use in The Monarch Ability Garden Integrating Community and Land (M.A.G.I.C.A.L.) located at Monarch's day program on Health Drive in New Bern. As part of its Lighthouse Project, BB&T serves its communities by giving back. Monarch was one of many projects staff from the financial institution selected to volunteer its time and resources. A public ribbon cutting will be held to celebrate the garden June 4.