We Grow Amazing Volunteers

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Briggs Avenue Community Garden, a magical 45-acre forested lot located in East Durham, is operated by N.C. Cooperative Extension of Durham County and a score of amazing volunteers. The garden has always been a special place where the community can come together and learn how to garden. However, since the pandemic hit, the garden has become an even more important part of our community.

Volunteers in garden

Since March, Briggs Avenue Community Garden Volunteers and Extension Master Gardener℠ volunteers have stepped up to share the literal fruits (and veggies) of their labor with community members in need. They’ve been delivering fresh produce to elderly and sick community members who are unable to leave their homes, and providing it to Durham Technical Community College students in need through their food pantry.

On October 1, this beneficence was expanded even further when our Extension Master Gardener volunteers came to Briggs to show off their work to each other. In a twist, they brought food INTO the garden this time … canned and boxed goods to supplement the veggies that have been going out of the garden.Volunteer holding box of vegetables

At the end of the day, the volunteers were able to teach one another about their work in the garden – and filled a truck with nonperishable goods to help our neighbors in need.

Volunteer with supplies in truck