We’re Friendship Gardens—a Program of Friendship Trays, Meals-On-Wheels of Charlotte-Mecklenburg
Friendship Gardens is growing communities where everyone can be healthier in mind and body. Through urban farms, gardens, and markets, we help those in need access daily nutritious meals, connect to the natural world, and learn to grow their own food.
The Urban Farm at Garinger High School is focused on producing fresh, healthy food for Friendship Trays and The Bulb. The Urban Farm is the heart of our program, providing seedlings to our garden network and a resource for teachers and community members.
Our Garden Network spans the entire Charlotte area, located at schools, faith centers, and even in your neighbor’s backyard! Garden Network members share their harvests with Friendship Trays and The Bulb.
Project Salad Dressing
Our latest green brainstorm? We have created a bottled salad dressing with ingredients grown right here by our garden network and our urban farm at Garinger High School! It will not only be a delicious component for any salad but will provide a revenue stream for our program and our participating schools. With a generous grant from Reemprise Fund the pilot program was launched in 2018. Learn more about how it works.
Our Mobile Markets are coordinated and managed by The Bulb to provide food to areas in our community that lack access to fresh produce as well as meal preparation and nutrition education.
We believe everyone should have access to fresh, healthy food.
Friendship Gardens—based in Charlotte, North Carolina—is a thriving network of community, school, faith-based, institutional, and backyard gardens as well as an urban farm. Most of our garden partnerships share their harvest for the benefit of Friendship Trays who provide over 750 meals a day to members of our community who have limited access to healthy food; and for the benefit of The Bulb who run a network of mobile markets in food-insecure neighborhoods throughout Mecklenburg County and beyond.
Friendship Gardens A Program of Friendship Trays Charlotte-Mecklenburg’s Meal-On-Wheels Program