Raleigh, NC – You may not be aware that there is a small town farm behind all the thick leaves and gates, except for the “Good Food Community Garden” sign on the Raleigh Athens Drive.
This is how Tammy Perdu loves it.
“We are illegal food operators,” she said with a laugh.
According to Perdu, this is how Raleigh city leaders have viewed urban gardens for at least 20 years. That and other women, along with the black Indigenous people who run the community’s gardening movement, have struggled to change the rules.
For example, laws such as the inability to sell their produce from food on their property.
Perudu says the storm is moving.
“April 2, we found it. We have changed the UDO (Integrated Development Act) to provide a community park on the site, ”he said.
Perdu said the current Raleigh City Council is working to change additional regulations to promote “community-supported agriculture”. She believes that cholera is a major factor in changing attitudes.
“I think he revealed the code to us to teach people where our food came from and how cities should be stronger in this regard. We should not get all our food from other states. ” .
All the produce on the farm is organic. Chickens are the only “pest control” of the garden. Volunteers come to help plant, care for, and harvest.
Phil Phil Evans is a regular visitor to the area.
“This is a place where I come and go during the COVID and only talk to Tami,” he said as he walked around the pollen garden between figs and “fruits of beauty.”
Evans transforms his product into an attractive art. Vegetables and greens are central to many foods. They are on the new menu at the Raleigh Convention Center, called “Sit at the Table.”
Restaurants, participating community members and volunteers donate key funds to the garden. 20% of the harvest is given to the needy community.
So the community is his point. Knowing where your food comes from is community and food awareness.
Other community gardens in Raleigh include the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle, the Camden Education Garden Garden Alliance and the Raleigh City Farm.