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With support and partnership from community and faith organizations, Mecklenburg County works to establish community orchards to provide fresh fruit and vegetables to residents in food insecure neighborhoods. The orchards produce plums, figs, pears, peaches, blueberries, and persimmons, in addition to seasonal herbs and vegetables like squash, string beans, tomatoes, and cucumbers. Neighbors harvest, process, and distribute food to community members directly or through their church food pantry. Their efforts have supplied fresh, nutritious food to thousands of people in Mecklenburg County.
Any resident in need who wishes to volunteer or take advantage of their neighborhood orchard should contact and work with the below location for that orchard.
Bread of Life Deliverance Church1245 Tom Hunter Road
Chapel of Christ The King Church425 East 17th Street
457 Wellingford Street | View photos of the dedication in April 2021
Friendship Missionary Baptist Church3400 Beatties Ford Road
Galilee Center3601 Central Avenue
Grier Heights Community Center3100 Leroy Street
Martin Luther King MIddle School500 Bilmark Avenue
Moore's Sanctuary AME Zion Church4101 Morris Field Drive
Northridge Middle School7601 The Plaza | View photos of installation in May 2021
Reeder Memorial Baptist Church3725 Beatties Ford Road
Rockwell AME Zion Church6101 Rockwell Church Road
Pine Valley Neighborhood Park2422 Longleaf Drive
Shiloh Institutional Baptist Church2400 Greenland Avenue | View photos of installation in June 2021
The Edible Landscape project is the brainchild of health policy coordinator Reggie Singleton, who worked with faith and community partners to establish the orchards.
The National Association of Counties (NACo) awarded the Edible Landscape project “Best in Category” in its 2019 Achievement Awards.
The project was cited as an example of how community representatives and food security stakeholders work together to address a public health priority and design an intervention. This effort has been successful improving access to fresh produce for at risk populations and has demonstrated that edible landscapes can be part of a multi-level approach to improving the availability of healthy foods.
For more information, contact Reggie Singleton at
reggie.singleton@MeckNC.gov or 980-314-9485.
Mecklenburg County Public Health encourages all eligible residents ages 12 and older to get a free COVID-19 vaccination.