Charlotte Correctional Center Garden
It all started with an Organic Garden
In which I toiled and labored, day in and day out
Making rows and spreading Compost
With the brawn from my body, and the sweat from my brow.
Then down on the ground I cast some seeds
While continuously pulling weeds.
I never considered how much it would yeild
When we were tilling the first quad of the feild
Or how garden fresh or Crisp it would be.
I have to admit it,
When I was told it would help the people of my city
I failed to recognize the significance of my labor
Untill the other day
When I took a trip to Friendship Trays
And observed the operation I was truly amazed
I felt a deep sensation in my soul that you are
The ones to praise
If I had a thousand tounges
I would use them all to say...
– Brandy Hickman
The inmates who tend the Charlotte Correctional Center Garden toured Friendship Trays Friday. Pictured above with some of the inmates are Garden Coordinator Henry Owen, left, and Friendship Trays Executive Director Friendship Trays Lucy Bush Carter, holding Owen's son. Carter was explaining the wall map in the Friendship Trays office, which marks delivery routes and locations of the Friendship Gardens. The Charlotte Correctional Center garden, which is providing fresh produce both to the prison kitchen and the Friendship Trays kitchen, is out of view, lower center of map. Below is a photo of this week's Charlotte Correctional Center garden harvest before inmates unloaded it into the Friendship Trays kitchen.
"There's no need to cook corn as sweet as this," writes Garden Coordinator Henry Owen. "Just eat it raw!"
Creating local, renewable nutritious food resources for meals-on-wheels recipients
An Initiative of Slow Food Charlotte and Friendship Trays, Inc.
Friendship Trays, 2401-A Distribution St. Charlotte, NC 28203 voice 704-333-9229 fax 704-333-5947
Meals-on-wheels in Charlotte-Mecklenburg, NC
Delivering, in a caring and friendly manner, balanced meals to individuals in this community
who are unable, because of age or infirmity, to obtain and prepare their own meal
Friendship Trays is a 501(c)(3) organization. Employer ID #56-1201496. Financial information about this organization and a copy of its license
are available from the State Solicitation Licensing Branch at 919-807-2000. The license is not an endorsement by the State.