Community gardening network gets high ratings
The North Carolina Community Garden Partners (NCCGP), an initiative inaugurated in 2008 by a team from the A&T Cooperative Extension Program and other collaborating agencies that received nonprofit status in 2011, has been named one of the 2015 recipients of the Opal Mann Green Engagement and Scholarship Award. The award is presented by N.C. State University’s Office of Outreach & Engagement in recognition of energy and innovations in planning and improving an effort that has made significant contributions to community development. In less than a decade since its founding, the NCCGP has grown into a network with more than 100 members working to increase the quantity, quality and sustainability of community gardens across the state. Lisa Valdivia, an SAES Extension associate who has made many contributions to establishing the NCCGP and is a past board chair for the organization, will be part of the contingent accepting the award at a ceremony at the McKimmon Center on the NCSU campus in Raleigh April 13.
The Opal Mann Green Award is presented by N.C. State University, and named to honor a former member of the Cooperative Extension faculty whose contributions to community service as a volunteer rivaled a slate of professional achievement that included national leadership for the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP).