Orchard Planting at HOPE Gardens

An inspired group of UNC undergraduates have created the HOPE Gardens Project, an organic urban farm 3 miles outside downtown Chapel Hill where they are growing both food and jobs organically.

On Saturday, the students with the assistance of supporting groups from the community were planting a diverse orchard with blueberries, hazelnuts, persimmons, blackberries, and more, on the 14 acre site leased to them by the Town of Chapel Hill.

“HOPE Gardens has come a long way since we decided to go for it last year, especially as it’s made the issues of homelessness much more visible’ said David Baron, UNC student and co-founder of the project.  ‘This farm will be a low-input, high-yield site where folks work together to set roots in the soil and in the community.”

Last summer David apprenticed in Chicago with urban agriculture guru Will Allen’s organization Growing Power.

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