YIKES! (the youth enviro-ed group that led to Recyclique) worked with a Public Allies class at NCCU and Asbury Temple Church to found the Feed My Sheep community garden at Asbury Temple UMC Church (corner of Angier & Alston Ave.). The first section of the raised bed organic garden was built in June 2009, the garden doubled in size in early July.
Three UNC service learning students, Linnie Greene, Jayme Strowd & Tavia Benjamin worked with Sandy on bio-intensive methods & container gardening in the spring of 2009 as part of an anthropology course titled “Inventing a Sustainable Agriculture.” The students used container gardening to get a variety of seedlings underway; Our partners, the NCCU Public Allies organizers class (see Eric & Tionya above!) did neighborhood outreach and obtained a small grant to fund the project. The students gave a workshop with community members on biointensive methods in April. Rachel Hardy, who directs the “Feed My Sheep” food ministry at Asbury Temple, at corner of Alston and Angier in Durham, NC, secured permission for the garden on church grounds in May. Eric and Sandy did a presentation about the garden at a Feed My Sheep food distribution day. Many thanks to LeDarrell Murray, who brought his tiller to break ground on our first garden workday, and to David Arthur of Isaiah House/Jubilee Restoration Project who consulted with us on the entire project and built the frame for the raised bed.
In December 2009 our raised bed space doubled again, thanks to a donation from NEEM in coordination with Durham’s Community Development office, with funds from Glaxo Smith-Kline.!! The garden was a centerpiece in the church’s Wright Room youth program during the summer of 2009 when YIKES! led morning workshops on sustainable approaches to gardening on Tuesdays and Thursdays during the 4-week program, with assistance from our intern Nyota King.
In spring 2011, due to the merger of Asbury Temple with another congregation and pending building renovation, the garden has moved to Eastway Elementary School, and will now serve educational goals as well as aiding food security in East Durham.