The Geer street learning garden builds resilient community connections and engages people of all ages in the powerful act of growing local food.
Located between one of the poorest census tracts and one of the most prosperous business districts in Durham, the Geer Street learning Garden is a flourishing urban green space.
The garden has twelve raised vegetable beds, an outdoor classroom space, fruit trees, a cob pizza oven, a small greenhouse, two beehives, vermicompost system, perennial rain gardens, outdoor kitchen, mushroom logs, pollinator habitats and areas for community gatherings...all on only a quarter-acre lot! The heart of the Geer Street Garden are the countless community partnerships we have built in Durham. Read how each helps the garden grow.
110 Geer Street
Durham, NC 27701
Sunrise Recovery Resource Center
The produce grown at the Geer Street Learning Garden is delivered directly across the street to the Sunrise Recovery Resource Center community pantry. This community resource allows the garden to serve local produce to our neighbors who need it most and who are actively enrolled in assistance programs at Sunrise.
Junior Master Gardeners
At Eastway Elementary in Durham as part of their standard school curriculum, all 100 third graders receive gardening education in partnership with the Geer Street Garden. The Junior Master Gardener curriculum is an evidence-based program developed by Texas Cooperative Extension. The Durham Urban Agriculture staff launched year-round programs in partnership with Eastway featuring after-school garden clubs and in-school garden lesson plans that relate to local food. Eastway is just 1.3 miles away from the Garden and has their own school garden, small fruit orchard and more-than-willing school administrators. The school also receives BackPack Buddies bags each week due to its 100% Free and Reduced Lunch rate.
Bull city cool & Reinvestment partners
Developed in conjunction with the Geer Street Learning Garden is the Bull City Cool Food Hub. The Food Hub is a collaborative warehouse and office space, started by Reinvestment Partners, where non-profits and for-profits aggregate and distribute local farmers' fresh food with the goal of improving Durham's local food ecosystem. Businesses include Farmer Foodshare, Tilthy Rich Compost, and Seal the Seasons. With walk-in fridges and lots of warehouse space, our Durham BackPack Buddies program operates out of the Food Hub, which is located on the same block as the garden.
Want to learn more? Get Involved.
The Geer Street Garden is designed as a demonstration "learning garden" for visitors of all ages. The garden engages corporate groups, civic organizations, school field trips, and family volunteers year round. These visitors all help to maintain the garden while working alongside staff members and neighbors.
We also offer free workshops on topics such as food justice, beekeeping, composting, and organic gardening. All the food grown in the garden is cultivated without the use of synthetic pesticides or harmful chemicals. Instead, our staff utilize practices such as cover-cropping, companion-planting and vermicomposting to produce the healthiest food possible for our pantry clients.
Contact Kay Coleman for more details.