What are the major indicators that spring has arrived in Raleigh? Dogwoods in bloom, downtown festivals, and of course yellow-covered cars! But the true kick-off of Oak City spring is Service Raleigh, which happened in late March. Our neighborhood’s Wedge Community Garden has been a major part of Service Raleigh annually.
This year, Service Raleigh was on an unseasonably cold yet delightfully sunny Saturday morning! Members from all over the Hillsborough Street area came to the garden to help gear it up for spring. Ace Hardware worked to install a new bulletin board as NC State students spruced up beds.
And of course you never leave the garden hungry! Mellow Mushroom, Irregardless, Moonlight Pizza, and The Cupcake Shoppe provided sustenance for all of the volunteers!
Even though I don’t necessarily have a green thumb, the Wedge Community Garden is always welcoming. That’s what is so great about the garden – it is so much more than dirt and plants! One of the most unique features of the garden is the WedgeConnect program, which helps college students build skills and experience for the real world, while doing good for the community. Students design and lead a project for the garden with the help of professional mentors and businesses. Projects have included photojournalism, blogging, reporting, poetry, educational workshops, and so much more. The Wedge Community Garden’s goal is not only to grow beautiful fruits and veggies, but also to grow young community leaders. It’s no wonder it is a finalist for Neighborhoods USA Neighborhood of the Year!
The garden is open to the public, but your chance for a special tour is coming up on May 2nd at 11am during Raleigh’s 2nd annual Jane’s Walk. Learn all about the garden’s mission to grow a healthy community! Don’t forget there is still time for anyone to sign up to lead a walk, so if you are passionate about Raleigh fashion, art, food, architecture, technology, business, conservation, dogs, anything at all, this is your opportunity to share your passion with your neighbors!