The Camden Street Learning garden is more than a green space in the middle of a city.
It's where kids, families, and individuals can be in nature, connect with one another, and grow fruits and vegetables that nourish their lives.
The garden is situated on one acre of land in downtown Raleigh and features thirty-two community beds, a 420 sq. ft. market garden, a food forest, a 6,000 gallon rainwater catchment system, two beehives, a green house, a vermi-compost bin, a composting facility and a kitchen classroom. It is a space that provides community members with the opportunity to cultivate new relationships as they find out where their food comes from, how to grow it, and how to turn it into healthy and affordable meals.
315 Camden Street
Raleigh, NC, 27601
Camden Street Learning Garden offers thirty-two growing beds for community members to "adopt" for free to grow food for their families. Food Shuttle staff offer regular cooking and gardening workshops to provide participants and community members with more opportunities to gain self-sufficiency skills. The success of these individual gardens is not just measured in a bountiful harvest, but most importantly, in the growth of new relationships in our community.
Seed to supper
Seed to Supper is a comprehensive five-week beginning gardening course created by the Oregon Food Bank and taught here in North Carolina by NC State Master Gardeners in partnership with Alliance Medical Ministry. The course teaches individuals how to grow their own fruits and vegetables while connecting them with other novice gardeners in their community.
Participants attend the course for free and are given all the supplies that they need to start their own backyard garden. Graduates discover that they are able to not only eat healthier as a result of Seed to Supper, but they are also able to reduce their monthly food budget. Over seventy individuals have graduated from Seed-to-Supper since it began in 2015 and many go on to be permanent community gardeners at the Camden Street Learning Garden.
Growing School Gardens
Junior Master Gardeners
This course is taught in partnership with Hunter Elementary through their Blooming Botany elective. Up to thirty students from second through fifth grade are taught per quarter. These students receive education four times a week during their elective period with one of those days being a field trip to the Camden Street Learning Garden to receive hands on gardening and cooking lessons. Over one hundred Hunter students participate in Junior Master Gardeners per school year.
School Gardens & Teacher Training
The Food Shuttle's Urban Agriculture staff also offers teacher training out of the Camden Street Learning Garden. These trainings focus on providing teaching with techniques to more easily utilize their school's garden during the school day in subject areas such as: Math, Science, Social Studies and Reading. Our staff is also available to assist schools with either starting a new school garden program or strengthening an existing one. We have provided assistance to Ligon Middle School, Hunter Elementary and Longview High School.
Spending time at a place like the Camden Street Learning Garden can be an easy way to open students' eyes to hunger within their community and transform them into Hunger Heroes. This is our newest course, taught in partnership with Exploris Elementary School. Through weekly field trips to our garden and teaching kitchen, students will learn about food insecurity in Raleigh and how they can work together to develop sustainable solutions to help their neighbors.
Service learning & field trips
The Camden Street Learning Garden is also available for service learning partnerships and field trips for schools and universities that would like to do research about public health and urban food production. Please contact Katie@FoodShuttle.org to discuss these opportunities.