The Epiphany School in New Bern presents check to Monarch for community garden project

The M.A.G.I.C.A.L. project was designed to provide a place for people to gather and learn about sustainable gardening while reaping the benefits from expanded access to locally grown healthy foods. Monarch, a nonprofit organization that provides support statewide to thousands of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, mental illness and substance abuse challenges, recently received a $30,000 award from the Harold H. Bate Foundation, Inc. for the community garden, which was designed by local architect John Lucas.

Monarch officials believe the garden will help to increase physical activity through gardening, offering the positive health benefits from improved nutrition through a series of educational seminars on health and nutrition that will be available on site. Most importantly, the garden is a way to build community and inclusion through existing partnerships with agencies like the Craven County Health Department, N.C. State University’s Cooperative Extension Service and the Small Business Center at Craven Community College. The garden is one of three that Monarch will develop across the state.

Monarch provides support statewide to thousands of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, mental illness and substance abuse challenges from more than 50 North Carolina counties. The agency is nationally accredited by The Council on Quality and Leadership (CQL) and is CABHA certified. Monarch, which operates The Arc of Stanly County, is an affiliate chapter of The Arc of North Carolina and The Arc of the United States. To learn more about how Monarch is “Helping Dreams Take Flight” for people living in our communities, please call (800) 230-7525 or visit www.MonarchNC.org.
   
To learn more about Monarch’s community garden, contact Eileen Bress, volunteer and community coordinator, at (252) 634-1715 or eileen.bress@monarchnc.org