FAQ’s

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1. Where is the Carolina Campus Community Garden?
2. Who can garden?
3. What if I don’t know how to garden?
4. What happens to all of the vegetables and fruit grown and harvested at the garden?
5. When can I volunteer at CCCG?
6. Can I get involved with the CCCG in any other way?
7. Do you have workdays even when it is cold or really hot or raining outside?
8. How can I donate?
9. What should I wear when I volunteer?
10. Is there a bathroom?
11. Is there parking?
12. Who do I ask if I have a question about the activity I am doing while volunteering? (For example: How deep of a hole should I dig?)
13. What do I need to bring when I volunteer?
14. Can I bring children with me to volunteer?
15. What types of activities do volunteers participate in?
16. What if I can only stay an hour or have to arrive late?
17. How will I know what to do when I get there?
18. How can I find out in advance what we will be doing at the workday?
19. What other groups and projects exist that are like the garden?
20. I found a typo or a dead link on the website. Who can I contact to fix that?


1. Where is the Carolina Campus Community Garden?
The Carolina Campus Community Garden is located on Wilson Street, directly off of Cameron Avenue and very close to the Carolina Inn.  A Google map can be found on the Contact Us page which you may use to find precise directions to the garden.


2. Who can garden?
All are welcome! No previous connection with gardening is required. We have accessible pathways and beds for people in wheel chairs or with bad backs or knees.


3. What if I don’t know how to garden?
Come learn! Most of our volunteers were new to gardening when they first started. Don’t let lack of experience prevent you from getting involved; the best and most fun way to learn is to work with other gardeners. We offer hands-on workshops periodically to further develop your gardening skills.


4. What happens to all of the vegetables and fruit grown and harvested at the garden?
All of the produce is distributed to UNC housekeepers on designated distribution days.


5. When can I volunteer at CCCG?
ASAP! Garden workdays are dependent on the season and weather. We usually have them Wednesday and Sunday afternoons from 3:00 to 5:00 pm (Wednesday summer hours are from 4:00 to 6:00 pm), but always check the website for the next workday date and time.


6. Can I get involved with the CCCG in any other way?
Absolutely. Sometimes we need help with the distributions, which usually take place at 6:00 a.m, 7:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.  We can also use help harvesting bamboo or arranging to pick up vegetable scraps from Whole Foods to compost.


7. Do you have workdays even when it is cold or really hot or raining outside?
We cancel workdays if it starts thundering or if conditions make it difficult to get the work done, but that doesn’t happen very often. Check website for cancellations.


8. How can I donate?
We happily accept donations in the form of monetary contributions, seeds, and tools. Monetary donations can be made online and are very much appreciated. Please visit the Donations page to make a contribution. If you would like to donate tools, seeds, plants, etc. please contact Claire Lorch at clorch@email.unc.edu. We accept used and new tools.


9. What should I wear when I volunteer?

  • Clothes that can get dirty
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Pants or shorts (weather appropriate)
  • Sunscreen, hats, and sunglasses on sunny days


10. Is there a bathroom?
There is no bathroom on site, but it’s easy to get to one near the garden.


11. Is there parking?
On Sundays, you can park in the parking lot directly across from the garden on Wilson Street. Some spaces may be available there on Wednesday afternoons and also after 4:00 p.m. along Wilson Street. Cameron Avenue also has metered parking.


12. Who do I ask if I have a question about the activity I am doing while volunteering? (For example: How deep of a hole should I dig?)
Don’t hesitate to ask experienced volunteers or the garden manager, Claire Lorch.


13. What do I need to bring when I volunteer?
We recommend that you bring a bottle of water, since bottled water is not provided. Make sure you are dressed appropriately for gardening.  If it is mosquito season, cover up or bring bug repellent. Feel free to bring garden tools or gloves of your own, but we have plenty available for volunteers to use.

If it is your first time, bring the required volunteer forms with you, which you can find here. In case you do not have access do a printer, there are copies available at the garden that you can fill out when you arrive.


14. Can I bring children with me to volunteer?
Children are welcome to volunteer! We do request that younger children remain under the supervision of their parent or guardian.


15. What types of activities do volunteers participate in?

  • Building structures for the garden – such as bamboo trellises
  • Clearing beds and amending the soil
  • Planting seeds and seedlings
  • Harvesting produce
  • Staking tomatoes and other plants
  • Adding leaf mulch to the beds and wood chips to the pathways
  • Watering and weeding
  • Spraying organic pesticides
  • Turning compost


16. What if I can only stay an hour or have to arrive late?
You are welcome to come and leave at any time during the scheduled workday.


17. How will I know what to do when I get there?
The garden manager, Claire Lorch, will assign all volunteer tasks for the workday.


18. How can I find out in advance what we will be doing at the workday?
Garden activities are announced weekly in the CCCG Newsletter. You can email Claire to get on the CCCG mailing list or subscribe to the listserv here


19. What other groups and projects exist that are like the garden?

20. I found a typo or a dead link on the website. Who can I contact to fix that?
Please contact our social media intern, Adam Bock (adam@unc.edu), with any corrections such as these, or questions about the website