Cove Creek Elementary School's Volunteer Garden Workday:
Wednesday, May 24th, 3:00 PM- 5:00 PM
Everyone is welcome!
Rescheduled for Monday, May 29th, 3:00-5:00 PM
Cove Creek Elementary School is a K-8 public school in Watauga County. It has an enrollment of about 290 students and it is located in a beautiful setting in Vilas among woods and pastures. The campus also has a stream running through it and a nature trail.
The CCS garden started a few years back with four raised plant beds and a greenhouse. With the help of the community, ten more beds were built in a dedicated garden space during the "Blooms and Buzz" inaugural event in March 2017. The goal of this event was to bring teachers, parents, students and neighbors together to raise environmental awareness in the community. There are now a total of 14 raised beds maintained by the EcoRaiders environmental club and several classes. There are also flower patches and a compost station, as well as an outdoor classroom in the works. The school welcomes help from community members! Students are excited for their first crops this year of spinach, broccoli, summer squash, strawberries, kale and lettuce among others.
The school's address is 930 Vanderpool Road, Vilas, NC 28692. It's right off 421 heading towards Tennessee, about 7 miles from downtown Boone. If you have any problems finding it or have questions about the garden, please call the school at (828) 297-2781.
Lois E. Harrill Senior Center's Volunteer Garden Workday:
Wednesday, May 17th, 10:00 AM- 12:00 PM
Everyone is welcome!
The mission of the Senior Center is “to create an environment that encourages independence in older adults and promotes their active participation in all aspects of their lives”.
While there is already an established garden space at the Lois E. Harrill Senior Center, the garden beds are overgrown and are in need of some long overdue Tender Loving Care. Boone is dominated for many months by a large student population, overshadowing an often forgotten age demographic, the senior population. Both age demographics are important, but how can the two better help each other? We are all young at one point, and will hopefully live happily into the age of many of the adults who are a part of the Senior Center community. With that being said, join us in the Senior Center garden to bridge the gap of youth and elderly involvement in Watauga County and help promote food sovereignty for ALL.
We will be working in the garden space to the right of the Watauga County Human Services Building , 132 Poplar Grove Connector, Boone, where the Lois E. Harrill Senior Center is located.
This is a beautiful green space that has wonderful potential to grow into a place for both the seniors in Watauga county to grow healthy food and create a greater relationship with community members.
The team heading the project includes passionate members a part of Watauga County’s Food Council. If you would like to get more involved with transforming our local food system in Watauga County and are interested in joining the Food Council, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Parkway's Volunteer Garden Workday:
Friday, April 21st, 10:00 AM- 1:00 PM
Everyone is welcome!
Parkway is a PreK-8 school situated between US 421 and the Blue Ridge Parkway. It is a part of the Watauga County School system and has an average enrollment of 535 students.
The mission of the Parkway School Lettuce Learn project is to create edible landscapes and garden spaces for learning. We help to create holistic, place-based, experiential education opportunities that engage children with their natural world, enable them to make healthy choices, and encourage them to help build sustainable communities.
You will find several raised garden beds and a SunCatcher passive solar greenhouse in the garden. With donations, grants, and help from the community and university student volunteers, two pollinator gardens and two foodscapes have been created. One pollinator garden is designated as the "Kindergarten Butterfly Garden" and the other pollinator garden is found within the once grass-filled median at the entrance of the school. Perennials such as asparagus, raspberries, strawberries, and blueberries have been added to the garden areas recently. A small pond with a waterfall and a trail through the forest are also available for outdoor classroom activities such as yearly visits with the frogologists to learn about frogs and toads.
Meet the Parkway Garden Coordinator, Shannon:
Shannon grew up in the Piedmont area of NC and moved to Boone in 1983 after spending a year teaching Biology on the Navajo Reservation in Arizona. She has 30+ years of experience providing leadership and support for instructional technology for Watauga County Schools. She retired from Watauga County Schools in 2013 and is currently dividing her time between three part-time positions - being the High Country Food Hub Coordinator, the Lettuce Learn garden coordinator for Parkway School, and helping her husband, Terry, with his SunCatcher Passive Solar Greenhouse business. She also recently earned her Master Gardener certification. In her free time, she enjoys gardening, traveling to visit her sons, and going for long walks.