Our mission for the Bessemer City Community Garden is to provide a common space to grow fruits and vegetables while cultivating community within Bessemer City by reconciling the people with each other and the people with land using sustainable agriculture techniques supported by a cooperative of dedicated citizens, faith communities, local merchants, and city governments that desire to reconnect with each other through the shared love of gardening.
It is the vision of the organizers of the Bessemer City Community Garden (BCCG) to put unity back into community by:
Year One Goals
- Providing a local source of fresh fruits and vegetables in a town that has the potential to become a food desert.
- Creating a gathering space where education, meditation, or relaxation is welcomed as a means to stimulating social interaction and healing.
- Teaching and encouraging good stewardship of the land and environment through the use of sustainable gardening and farming practices.
Year Three Goals (Building upon year one)
- Facilitating food security and community involvement.
- Educating youth and adults about the benefits of gardening and how the ecosystem within a garden connect with animals and birds to enhance the gardening experience.
- Providing venues for gardening/farming related activities sponsored/hosted/lead by various groups/agencies, i.e. NC Cooperative Extension teaching food preservation; area chefs; beekeepers educating community adults and youth about their particular area of expertise.
Year Five Goals (building upon years one and three)
- Providing educational opportunities for students through a partnership with the Bessemer City/Gaston County schools as a class alternative to home room meetings.
- Encouraging multi-and inter-generational/cultural garden plots to facilitate understanding across generational and cultural lines.
- Providing a place for community service for non-violent offenders.
These ambitious goals can be accomplished through the hard work of the dedicated organizers and through subscriptions to the garden, grant monies, garden sponsorship and donations so that food may be donated to local food banks and provided free of charge to others in need or at significant discounts.