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.
Growing School Gardens
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, Longview High School and Fuller Elementary.
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 Ayn@FoodShuttle.org to discuss these opportunities.
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Mission Moments are stories we share from the field to inform, inspire and motivate. These moments remind us all just how lucky we are to be able to do this important work.
“Brussel Sprouts!” That was Rainey West’s emphatic answer to her favorite food. It’s also proof that our urban agriculture education team is starting a cooking and gardening revolution right here in Raleigh and Durham.
A Tucson, Arizona, urban farm brings residents better nutrition and builds community. It’s a win-win. An example of a different agricultural approach is Inter-Faith Food Shuttle, which serves seven North Carolina counties, recovering and gleaning about 6 million pounds of food a year that would otherwise have gone to waste.
Meet Barbara and Marion—best friends and Seed to Supper and Growing Community participants.
Inter-faith Food Shuttle Camden Learning Garden. June 2017 (photo by Sara D. Davis)
The first ever Garden Gallop 5k was a huge success – raising over $5,000 for the Food Shuttle’s Camden Street Learning Garden!
NEWS & OBSERVER - For many people, access to healthy food is never an issue. It’s there in the grocery store down the street, and it’s within a family’s budget. But that’s not true for everyone. Some neighborhoods lack stores with healthy options, and some people struggle to afford anything but cheap, processed foods. Meredith Brown, a 17-year-old junior at Broughton High School, wants to change that.
Our Camden Street Learning Garden was named a 2017 Environmental Award Winner from the City of Raleigh
WHERE TRAVELER - As people search for ways to eat healthy, buy local and save on groceries, it’s no surprise that community gardens and urban farms are booming across the country. If you’re looking for places to buy fresh produce during your visit to the Raleigh-Durham region, here are a few gardens and farms that prove city-based agriculture is more than a passing trend.
Growing our own vegetables can be tricky and a little scary – for those of us who have parents who garden, we learned from errors and earned our successes, but what if you’ve never gardened before?
Local food advocates gathered in downtown Raleigh for the Dig In! conference on Saturday, March 4, to educate people on ways they can be a part of the local food system.
Katie Murray is the Raleigh Urban Ag Programs Manager and has been the visionary behind the Camden Street Learning Garden since its inception in June of 2014. The Camden Street Learning Garden recently celebrated its first annual Growing Community Fall Festival on November 19th.