Urban garden takes local food from farm to fork in Charlotte, North Carolina
The money the church earns goes back into the farm
By Kristy Etheridge
Nov 9, 2012
CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) – In the shadow of the Charlotte skyline, there’s a small community garden called Seigle Farm that’s growing some beautiful produce in an area where fresh food is hard to come by.
Places like the Belmont neighborhood where the garden is located are called “food deserts,” or places that don’t have access to fresh, healthy food nearby.
The garden started when uptown Charlotte’s Harvest Moon Grille made a deal with Seigle Avenue Presbyterian Church. The restaurant teaches the community how to grow fresh, healthy food; the church puts in the elbow grease.
“It’s growing continually,” said project coordinator Lillie Marshall. “They’re very excited. They’re working really hard. Usually on Saturdays you can see them out here harvesting.
Just a few minutes after the produce is picked, it makes its way from the garden to the kitchen at Harvest Moon.
Harvest Moon buys the majority of Seigle Farm’s herbs and vegetables. The restaurant has purchased 500 pounds of produce since the project first began in the spring.