Growing a garden — and so much more

A community garden on the grounds of the historic Rosenwald School in Asheboro grows flowers, food and friendship.

The Trees Asheboro project, which receives funding from the Community Foundation of Randolph County, has proven to be a life-changing experience for a diverse group of senior citizens, neighborhood youth, staff and volunteers.

The garden provides daily exercise for seniors. Children learn about the art of gardening. Everyone has gained increased awareness about nutrition. Inter-generational friendships have blossomed among all involved. And the bounty of the harvest contributes to a sense of community, as vegetables and herbs grown on site are shared with participants and neighbors. 

The Randolph affiliate’s community grant for 2010 allowed the expansion of seven raised beds, plants, gardening tools and supplies, as well as a shed.

Trees Asheboro is a program of Trees NC, a statewide nonprofit headquartered in Randolph County that promotes ecological stewardship and collaboration as a way to develop youth and improve urban environments. 

Owen George, Trees NC president, describes the Asheboro garden project as a component of the YES! (for Youth Environmental Service) curriculum, which puts kids in touch with local civic and environmental leaders to learn more about the power of community service. 

“The results of this program affirm what positive outcomes can stem from a positive idea,” George said. “It’s gratifying to see our young people become so engaged and excited as they take ownership of their garden and their community.”

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