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Wilkes County Wellness: April 18, 2023 - Seedfolk

This guide is a resource for the patrons and community of Wilkes County Public Library. In this guide, you will find resources to encourage wellness in all aspects of your life and promote lifelong health benefits.

Inspiration for Discussion

Fun Facts

• Community gardens not only provide fresh fruits and vegetables, but also can be a tool for promoting physical and emotional health, connecting with nature, teaching life skills, and promoting financial security.

• Community gardens are as varied as the neighborhoods in which they thrive. Types of community gardens include plot gardens, cooperative gardens, youth gardens, entrepreneurial market gardens, and therapeutic gardens.

• North Carolina has a long history of community gardens dating back to 1753 and the earliest-documented community garden in the Moravian town of Bethabara, near Winston-Salem.

• Vegetable growing is popular in community gardens because vegetables require some space, but not necessarily acres. A vegetable garden can be in the ground or in a planting bed, but it does not have to be. Many vegetables can be grown in containers.

• North Carolina ranks in the top 10 highest producing states in the country for the following vegetables: cabbage, squash, watermelon, cantaloupe, tomatoes, cucumbers, pumpkins, and sweet potatoes.

Interview w/ Paul Fleischman