We’re building a garden at Mixxer!
This project has been put on hold due to the Covid-19 situation. Please reach out to us if you are interested in this project. We will do a scaled-down version for 2020.
If you have interest or experience in Gardening, Sustainability, or Education, we would love for you to join us!
We want your input for the design and implementation of the garden.
We want your input for programming aimed at teaching urban gardening.
We want to hear how you would use a community garden at Mixxer.
The Mixxer Garden Project is being led by Wake Forest University Dash Corps.
Dash Corps is a leadership and civic action program for any WFU student looking to get more engaged in the Winston-Salem community.
Students are paired with nonprofit and civic organizations for a yearlong exposure to community development. Participants learn about civic identity, social action, and how to make positive change in their local community. Projects are selected by the Dash Corps leadership team based on proposals submitted from community organizations.
The curriculum includes learning about asset-based community development, social identity, and non-profit management. Starting in January, student teams build capacity for their assigned organization with a semester-long project.
We are only allowing members in the building during NC- Phase 2-ReOpening. Two members decided to go ahead with a scaled-down version of the garden. We can grow it better over time.
July 2020 Update
The plants are growing! We have several varieties of tomatoes, basil, parsley, peppers, potatoes, thyme, sage, and a few other herbs growing now; all organic and non-GMO.
Sat. Jan. 25
12 people showed up to give input on the design and possible uses for the garden.
We collected email addresses and the DashCorps team will be sharing a resource folder with those people.
Ideas will be sorted and organized before the next meeting in which we will determine the goals and a strategy for the project.
Second Meeting Sat. Feb. 1
Some folks could not be here, but we had 10 people show up to plan how the garden will be implemented and used.
Our garden will be an organic test lab, with Non-GMO and heritage seeds.
We will form a community of gardeners that will manage the garden. We’ve split into groups to develop: Marketing, Recruiting, Fundraising, Grants Search, and a Design plan.
Third Meeting Sat. Feb. 22
A donor has stepped up to provide for an automated watering system and some movable grow stations.
We discussed how the garden will be arranged and we have a plan that we will begin working on.
We have a fundraising strategy in place and WFU Dash Corps members are taking the lead on phase 1 of that plan.
There is still plenty of room for more people. Come grow with us!