Master Gardener Volunteers Recognized for Excellence

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Master Gardener℠ volunteers in Caldwell County win Statewide Recognition for September 2019 Cooking with Bounty event at Unity Park and Community Gardens

Lenoir, NC – North Carolina State Extension honored the Master Gardener volunteers in Caldwell County with a Search for Excellence award for their Cooking with Bounty II event held in September 2019 at Unity Park and Community Gardens in Lenoir.

Cooking with Bounty II was the highlight of another successful gardening year at Unity Park and Community Gardens. The event focused on recipes, nutrition, and storage and preservation methods for in-season vegetables. Participants enjoyed sampling the recipes and took home the Cooking with Bounty Booklet featuring winter squash, sweet potatoes, greens, and peppers.

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Each dish featured here is from the recipe book that participants received in the Cooking with Bounty II event.

Master Gardener℠ volunteers are trained volunteers that serve North Carolina Cooperative Extension and the community through providing education on home gardening.

Since 2017 the Caldwell County group actively manages beds at the community garden for the purposes of providing gardening education to the public. A public U-Pick area is also maintained for citizens to harvest fresh produce and to distribute produce to vulnerable households through several food distribution agencies, including Yokefellow, Lenoir Soup Kitchen, Bethel Colony, and Helping Hands Clinic. During 2019, the gardens produced 3,940 pounds of produce, and 1,210 pounds, or 31%, was shared through this distribution program.

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Cooking with Bounty II was the highlight of another successful gardening year at Unity Park and Community Gardens. The event focused on recipes, nutrition, and storage and preservation methods for in-season vegetables.

ABOUT Master Gardener Volunteers

Master Gardener volunteers support the mission of North Carolina Cooperative Extension by educating residents about safe, effective, and sustainable gardening practices that grow healthy people, gardens, landscapes, and communities. Their vision is a healthier world through environmental stewardship.

North Carolina Cooperative Extension partners with communities to deliver education and technology that enrich the lives, land, and economy of North Carolinians. The Caldwell County Center offers programming in livestock and field crop production, horticulture, local food production and promotion, food and nutrition, and youth development. To contact the center call (828) 757-1290, and visit the website or Facebook page for information about upcoming programs.