Growing Food. Cultivating Compassion. Unique Places provides design services for a new organic community garden to aid disabled veterans. Posted on December 9, 2013 by UPLLC

New Bern, N.C. – Unique Places, a land conservation design, development and management firm, supported its non-profit partner, Unique Places to Save, to supply outreach and design services for the development of a 1.5-acre organic community garden in New Bern’s Henderson Park. This new organic community garden is part of a philanthropic initiative being spearheaded by the Veterans Employment Base Camp and Organic Garden, a North Carolina based, non-profit corporation under the fiscal sponsorship of the North Carolina Coastal Land Trust.

The community garden will serve as a self-paced rehabilitation site in a relaxing outdoor environment for disadvantaged, disabled and homeless veterans. The program is also intended to provide unemployed veterans with transition employment and a variety of job-related agricultural skills. Rehabilitation services at the garden will include horticulture therapy, healing gardens, therapeutic spaces, and the use of agricultural equipment to maintain the garden and grow organic produce. As a result, the garden will also increase the amount of fresh, local, organic produce available at the New Bern farmer’s market.

Since Henderson Park is a public recreational space, the 1.5-acre garden requirements had to first be approved by New Bern’s City Council. Unique Places designed a 3-D virtual tour of the organic garden along with maps, brochures and posters for the council to review. “All of us at Unique Places consider it a privilege to offer our services at a discounted rate to support this organization,” shared Michael Scisco, Unique Places Director of GIS and Cartography. “We were able to visually share the story of how the garden, with its in-ground and raised beds, walking pathways, and outdoors spaces, will provide a healing environment and a powerful teaching program. This project was a great way help build awareness and support for environmental and community stewardship.”

Ground breaking is scheduled for March 27 and the construction of the facilities, acquisition of equipment, and installation of the hoop-house is scheduled for this fall. Planting is scheduled to begin this spring. You can view the full project profile on the Unique Places to Save website at www.uniqueplacestosave.org.

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