Statewide Tour Makes Stop at City Community Garden | Community Spirit
City of Columbia Parks and Recreation’s NOMA Community Garden will be soon be getting some special visitors. The community garden will be in included in the inaugural statewide Midlands Farm Tour happening Saturday and Sunday, April 6-7, 2013 from 1-5 p.m. on both days.
The self-guided tour, presented by Carolina Farm Stewardship Association, includes a total of eleven stops in Richland, Lexington and Kershaw counties, taps into the Midland’s growing passion for local food and farming. NOMA Community Garden is the only garden stop chosen for this tour. With 50 plots on the site, NOMA is the largest among City’s community gardens. Visitors on the tour can expect to see a wonderful array of colored vegetables and ornamental flowers all grown by local gardeners.
City of Columbia’s Community Garden program is host to a total of twenty sites across the city and the program is entering its third season. Through this Let’s Move program, local residents are given the opportunity to become involved with gardening, promoting community involvement and a healthier, more active lifestyle.
Avid gardeners in the Midlands have an opportunity to get involved with the tour. Carolina Farm is looking for volunteers for the tour to handle the vital task of staffing sign-in tables at each participating farm on the tour, registering farm visitors and making sure everyone has a great time. And volunteers have a great time too! By working one afternoon of the tour, volunteers get an inside look at the farm of their choice, and a free Farm Tour t-shirt and tour admission for the other day of the tour!
For more information on the tour, to volunteer or to purchase tickets, visit www.carolinafarmstewards.org or call Parks and Recreation at (803) 545-3100.