The Power Resource Group proudly supports the work of the Friendship Garden (FG) project. This project is a collaboration between Slow Food-Charlotte, and Friendship Trays (FT) a meals-on-wheels program serving nearly a thousand meals a day to people throughout the region around Charlotte. In 2008, a garden was planted behind the FT warehouse in an urban area of Charlotte to begin to grow fresh food to put into the meals FT delivers. In the years since, the project has experience phenomenal growth--it now supports a network of 117+ gardens across the region at schools, churches, in neighborhoods without access to fresh food (see food deserts), and in all sorts of other locations. At these gardens, the FG staff support the gardens with workshops, dirt and seeds, equipment and other resources to make the gardens last. In return, the garden's donate a portion of their food back to the meals-on-wheels. In some cases, as in many churches, 100% of the food goes back. In others, where the community can benefit from the food directly, only a small percentage is donated and rest is used in the neighborhoods where it is grown.
The project has benefited from a variety of grants from generous organizations and corporations, and has developed a great team of management and volunteers, especially the garden leaders who organize the progress at each garden. The project has developed into a large number of programs. Check it out at:
PRG Managing Partner Rich Deming was part of the founding group of the project and is proud to remain involved. PRG has assisted the gardens by providing a camera system, sponsoring the regular summer garden parties, and other support. PRG also installed a small (10 KW) solar system on the roof at the FT building, and Rich is an avid builder of water catchment and other fun sustainable garden systems; you can see his 2010 TedxCharlotte talk about the program here.