UNCG Campus Weekly

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Crowdfunding for urban-community project Graffiti Garden

UNCG’s Center for Community-Engaged Design, an interdisciplinary research center housed in Interior Architecture that fosters community/university partnerships, has launched a crowdfunding campaign for Graffiti Garden through The Spartan Project. Graffiti Garden is a one-year old urban-community project that focuses on providing transitional, homeless, and unaccompanied youth with an educational garden plot in which to cultivate skills for a lifetime of healthful nutrition, while cultivating a garden of healthy food and introducing ideas about permaculture as a means of sustainability. Graffiti Garden will ultimately provide nutritious food options, educational experiences in horticulture and permaculture, and skill-building for under-served youth in Greensboro, which will enable them to live and work independently.

Graffiti Garden was founded by Justin Lee and is located at 1006 West Florida Street, less than a mile and a half from campus. The garden’s design is structured to supply space for a multipurpose, edible landscape while utilizing permaculture gardening strategies and design. Permaculture gardening develops agricultural ecosystems that are intentionally sustainable and self-sufficient through composting organic materials, and creating resilient habitats from the ground up.

The campaign will end on April 7. Contributions support items such as raised plant beds, keyhole gardens, gardening tools, and construction of much needed structures such as a storage shed, irrigation system, and a chicken coop.

As of Monday, the campaign was already one-third of its way to the goal of $6,000.

For further information about Graffiti Garden and The Spartan Project Campaign visit http://thespartanproject.uncg.edu/graffiti-garden.