Greater Topsail Community Garden in Surf City is set to begin growing produce for Share the Table.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Greater Topsail Community Garden was held on November 30. The community garden is an inclusive and accessible community initiative led by the Kiwanis Club of Topsail Island Area and the Surf City Rotary to provide Share the Table clients with healthier food options such as fresh vegetables and fruits. The garden aims to be a powerful force in the community, uniting public and private organizations to combat food insecurity.
Founded in 2010, Share the Table (STT) is a 501(3)c nonprofit charity organization serving individuals in Pender County, Onslow County and surrounding communities.
The organization’s mission is to respond to God’s call to nourish the community by providing food where there is hunger, a fellowship where there is loneliness and education to end the cycle of food insecurity.
The Greater Topsail Community Garden partnership will work to grow vegetables and produce year-round with welcome direction from the North Carolina Extension of NC State University, Pender County Master Gardeners and the University of Mount Olive Agriculture Program Administrative Leadership.
The inclusive and accessible community garden comprises 28 raised beds, providing more than 1,600 square feet of space for cultivating crops throughout the seasons. This garden is not just about plants; it is about nourishing individuals in the community.
The raised beds will become a sustainable source of fresh produce, helping support Share the Table and ensuring that its neighbors in need have access to nutritious food.
Fresh food options are critical for the health and well-being of individuals in the community. Research shows that ultra-processed foods contribute to the risks of obesity and cardiometabolic disease. Individuals experiencing food insecurity tend to consume more ultra-processed foods.