The Slow Food-Charlotte Convivia has undertaken a new project—the community garden collaborative. The goal of the collaborative is to focus on the last part of good, clean, fair food.
We aim to take the concepts of local food systems to their most radically simple conclusion—to help individuals, particularly our neighbors with limited resources, create a means of feeding themselves good, clean food from their own spaces. We are promoting the use of any space with soil and sun—yards, empty lots, publically-owned lands and private spaces.
The core concepts of a community garden—sustainability, food justice, the intense connection between growing and eating food—represent the best of what the Slow Food movement is.
The school garden project started by Slow Food members at Shamrock Elementary last year is a great success, and an inspiration to expand the mission to the community at large.
One facet of our collaborative is to provide funding, volunteers and other assistance to a group of like-minded individuals working together to promote urban garden under the name Farming Urban Landscapes Locally, or FULL. Some of these folks are Slow Food members, some not, but the mission is good regardless. As importantly, we are supporting several community garden initiatives around town, most notably the new community garden at Area15—an artist’s colony located at 15th and North Davidson Streets---and a community garden located at the Charlotte Tailgate market in the South End.