Growing Solutions at Conetoe Community Garden
Home to 365 residents, Conetoe is located in North Carolina’s Edgecombe County. Profound community need—the county ranks 99th of 100 in North Carolina for health, social and economic issues—led Conetoe Family Life Center to grow a creative solution.
Started on only two acres, the Conetoe Community Garden has expanded to five locations on more than 17 acres. The garden brings together local youth and elders and is growing a sense of community pride and can-do.
Youth leaders have accomplished a great deal! Garden participants:
- Provide access to healthy, locally-grown food: Community members harvest what they need to feed their families.
- Produce and sell honey and honey butter: After three years of chemical-free beekeeping, Conetoe Community Garden has 25 hives producing honey, honey butter and plans are underway to make beeswax candles.
- Sell local produce: Conetoe Community Garden has contracts with Piggly Wiggly Grocery and Black Beard Restaurant to provide local, naturally grown produce.
- Provide educational resources and develop youth leadership: Youth build entrepreneurial skills by selling a portion of the harvest at local markets and use the revenue to purchase school supplies and support scholarships.
Support from Resourceful Communities has been critical to this effort: Continued training, intentional connections to other resources, and a small grant have garnered national attention for this community.