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Cary is currently under a Stay-at-Home order in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Most public-facing and staffed facilities are closed to the public, including Town Hall. All playgrounds are closed but greenways, parks, and park restrooms remain open at this time. Some services have been canceled or are limited. Learn more.

Community Gardens & Urban Agriculture

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Kids building a raised flower bed

The Town of Cary is committed to preserving and protecting the environment to promote healthy and sustainable lifestyles. We hope you'll join us in the garden to take a stroll, volunteer for a work day, or rent a plot to grow your own food.

Join us in the Garden!

Good Hope Farm

This award-winning organic urban agriculture project connects our farming legacy to an innovative and resilient future through food, farming, and the environment. Learn more about how you can join us for a monthly community workday, sign up for weekly produce pickup, or attend an evening of dining and dancing at our Farm to Fork Celebration.

Compost Giveaway Workshops (postponed)

Every Spring and Fall, the Town of Cary offers hands-on workshops that provide easy methods to reduce food waste and start composting at home. Classes include free compost, books on home gardening, and Q&A with an expert regarding eco-friendly lawn care.

Compost Bin & Rain Barrel Sale (postponed)

Each spring, Cary hosts a month-long online sale to make compost bins, rain barrels, and related accessories available at discounted wholesale prices. Customers place their order online and pick up their items at a scheduled time from a specified Town facility. The 2020 sale will open on April 9.

Carpenter Park Community Garden

This communal garden space offers raised beds for annual rental as well as public education beds for groups and volunteers. Join us for a monthly open house event to lend a hand or learn more about gardening at home.

Compost Education Center

Located inside Bond Park and open all year long, this center includes a demonstration vegetable and herb garden, native plant habitat, water garden, and self-guided tour of home composting methods. Join us for weekly family-friendly open house events during the summer and enjoy Q&A with our staff.

Cary Senior Center Community Garden

This garden offers a waiting-list for annual plot rental to Cary residents 55 and older in a communal setting behind the Senior Center. The garden boasts a variety of reused and up-cycled materials in its design and includes a Row for Hunger dedicated to growing food for food pantry donation.

Request Tools for your Project

Does your group have a garden project we can help with? Through our tool lending library we can provide common garden tools for your group to borrow including wheel barrows, rakes, shovels, pitch forks, garden hoes, etc. Additional volunteers may also be available if needed.

This option is great for churches, school gardens, and other organizations that need support with a workday. Town approval process required.

Email sarah.justice@townofcary.org to discuss tool lending.

Plan a Scout Project

We can support scouting projects that help us meet Town environmental and recreational goals. Previous projects include constructing bird houses, raised garden beds, and creating educational outreach events. 

Cary Garden for Wildlife

Building gardens that thrive depend on a rich abundance of wildlife, natural habitats, and ecosystems. Learn how you can plant with pollinators in mind and help support the birds, butterflies, bees, and other species that we depend on.

Community Garden photo

Community Garden Resources

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Contact

Sarah Justice
Environmental Outreach Program Coordinator 
Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources 
P.O. Box 8005
Cary, NC 27512-8005
(919) 469-4301
sarah.justice@townofcary.org