The Wedge at 214 Park Avenue

The Wedge at 214 Park Avenue

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Wedge Garden Receives City of Raleigh Environmental Award

On April 22nd, Earth Day, Francesco and I attended the City of Raleigh Environmental Awards ceremony at the Natural Science Museum. These awards honor individuals and organizations who have accomplished outstanding work in  environmental stewardship.

We met lots of wonderful community members like Arthur & Anya Gordon of Irregardless Cafe, Donna-maria Harris and Paula Stroub from the Office of Sustainability, Catie McEntee from the NCSU SOUL Garden, Paul from Liberty Community Garden and Donna Harris from the Alexander Family YMCA. We even have a photo with Mayor Nancy McFarlane. 

To our surprise, the Wedge Garden received the M/I Homes Urban Agriculture Award that encourages the development of urban agriculture within Raleigh!

Thank you Environmental Awards Jury for your recognition and support. 

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

SPONSOR OF THE WEEK! DeMo’s Pizzeria & Deli

Wedge Garden is going to start highlighting one of our in-kind sponsors each week, in order to show our appreciation for all that they have done for the garden and the community.

This week's Sponsor is DeMo’sPizzeria & Deli 

Francesco Visone with Anthony DeMarco, Co-Owner

DeMo’s Pizzeria & Deli is a local-owned pizza shop on Glenwood South that features New York-style pizza and deli sandwiches. Walking into DeMo’s is like walking into your family’s pizza shop. The employees greet every one with a “What’s up” handshake and lots of smiles. DeMo’s is co-founded and co-owned by Anthony DeMarco and Clay Adams, both Raleigh natives.

DeMo’s serves high quality items with top of the line ingredients. The pizzas feature fresh dough that is made in-house daily, a homemade pizza sauce recipe that dates back over 20 years.  The deli line at DeMo’s resembles that of a standard NY style deli.  They even bake gluten free pizza! 

Using local ingredients and being active participants in their community is one of their main goals. Last year DeMo’s sponsored a lunch at The Wedge Garden for the Marian Drane Scholars 

Early this year Anthony DeMarco sponsored lunch for the Seaboard ACE Hardware team greenhouse installation.  We expect another full harvest this year at the Wedge and DeMo’s has pledged to sponsor our events once a month! 

We are so grateful for all DeMo’s has done for us and plan to do and hope you'll shop at DeMo’s next time you are in the mood for some NY style pizza! 

@seaboardace #raleigh @DeMospizzadeli #communitygardens @shoplocalraleigh 

WedgeConnect Program

Meet Christina, NCSU student majoring in Biology who just joined the WedgeConnect Program, which helps college students build skills and experience for the real world, while doing good for the community. Students design and lead a project for the garden with the help of professional mentors and businesses. Projects have included photojournalism, blogging, reporting, poetry (coming in May), educational edible art workshops, and so much more. The Wedge Community Garden’s goal is not only to grow beautiful fruits and veggies, but also to grow young community leaders.

Christina and Anna Tsui have teamed up to figure out what's eating the broccoli plants. Christina has a strong interest in horticulture and wants to gain experience at the Wedge. If you see Christina & Anna in the garden with some neem oil and water, they are caring for the plants.

Thank you students for your passion, enthusiasm and dedication.


Francesco Visone (sponsor for edible art workshops) Shamsa Visone,
Allison Johanson and Kelly Clute, both Nutrition Science Majors

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Partnering with Grow & Share

Francesco Visone and I drove up to North Raleigh today to help Linda Gaskins at Grow and Share transplant over 200 seedlings of tomato plants. Grow And Share is a non-profit fighting hunger from the ground up through gardening education, garden and community building. Combating hunger throughout the US is critical during these economic times, and crucial to our future food supply. 

The only thing Grow and Share asks for in return is to do exactly that - grow the food and share with your choice of charity. 

Last year Grow and Share donated to the Wedge Garden about 60 - 70 seedlings of tomatoes, eggplants, bell peppers, all sorts of hot peppers and herbs.  For the first time, with this donation and other donations by Chris Kafer (Cameron Park Resident) and Francesco Visone, in 2014 we grew over 500 lbs of produce and shared 90% of it with the community including Plant a Row for the Hungry. For those who attended the Taste of the Wedge Garden party last year saw the garden overflowing with summer produce. 

This year we plan to grow at least 500 lbs with the help of community members, NC State students and Haven House youth. Here's to another great season!

Shamsa & Francesco Visone

Tuesday, April 14, 2015


Now introducing the Sponsor of the Week...

Wedge Garden is going to start highlighting one of our in-kind sponsors each week, in order to show our appreciation for all that they have done for the garden and the community.
This week's Sponsor is Seaboard ACE Hardware

Seaboard ACE Hardware is a local, family-owned hardware store that gives customers the unique experience of leaving their front door, entering the store, and feeling like they're back at their garage or workshop space. The employees greet every one with a smile, their name, and are always willing to lend a hand. At Seaboard ACE, "helping you is the most important thing [they] have to do today!" and that is definitely the case when looking at Bob King's involvement with the Wedge Community Garden!

In January, Bob King and the ACE Hardware crew donated supplies and came out to build our new greenhouse. Without them, the garden wouldn't have anywhere to start the seeds that lead to all of the wonderful crops we have!

Then once again, Bob King and Seaboard ACE came to our rescue during 2015 Service Raleigh on March 28. The ACE crew including Mike Cole, Josh Britt, Tony Diaz, and Robert Moss all spent over 20 hours to make a bulletin board and then came out to install it. All donated by Bob King. We are so grateful for all Seaboard ACE hardware has done for us and hope you'll go visit our friendly neighborhood hardware store for your next project! @seaboardace #raleigh 

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

You're Invited for Service Raleigh & Neighborhood Lunch

Neighbors, you are all invited to our annual Service Raleigh and inaugural neighborhood lunch on Saturday, March 28th. We realize you may have a Service Raleigh event in your neighborhood. We're also sure by 11:00 am you may be hungry.  Feel free to join us with your family & friends for either event. We will be taking a large group photo immediately before lunch. We hope to see you on the 28th!

Monday, February 2, 2015

Greenhouse Installation

For the past few years, it has been difficult trying to start seeds without a greenhouse. Last year we purchased lots of trays from Logan's and split them up among all of us to put in warm spots in our homes and apartments. "Giovanni" had the best spot in his porch. The top of my refrigerator is not the best spot. "Pasqualina" was able to put trays in her garage. 

A couple months later, some sprouted, but many did not. Our goal in 2014 was to try to make our own greenhouse in a 4x6 bed - a small bed. "Giorgina" found a DIY greenhouse materials list online that we could make. However, when we sent the materials list to ACE Hardware at Seaboard Station, we found out the cost was over our budget.  I read the email and sighed. A few minutes later, I received an email from Josh Britt, Manager at ACE Hardware about sponsoring our greenhouse. I had to read it a few times to realize, ACE Hardware wants to install our much needed greenhouse.

Four days later, Bob King, owner of ACE Hardware Seaboard Station with Tony Diaz arrived at the garden in their "Pumpkin" to install the greenhouse. Later that day, we had lots of volunteers who helped us start trays.

Ace Hardware at Seaboard station is our community hardware shop and we hope it's yours as well. 

“You can cut all the flowers but you cannot keep Spring from coming.”
― Pablo Neruda

Yate Snyder, Emily Ferdyn, Tony Diaz, Bob King, Shamsa Visone, Anthony,  Francesco Visone

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Vertical Strawberry Planters Built by NCSU Students

Although it's cold out and the fall season is coming to an end, there are still lots of fun projects being done at the garden. 

At the Wedge, we feel privileged to be supported by NCSU students on various projects. Elliot Holmes an Environmental Science major student and Connor Food Science major student built vertical strawberry planters on Saturday. We met Elliott at the pumpkin carving party and noticed on his resume he likes to build things. At the Wedge, part of our mission is to get underprivileged kids to eat fruits and vegetables. So we asked Elliott if he would be willing to build vertical strawberry planters.  Elliott went home, researched the project for two days and said, "I wanted to get back to you about the End of the Year project within a couple of days. We can definitely complete/build the strawberry garden stand." 

Elliott then recruited Connor to help him build the planters. They researched the planter, learned about it, went to Lowe's to pick up the items needed and were at the garden before 9am Saturday morning to get started. 

We are honored and grateful to have such wonderful students and responsible citizens of Raleigh help work towards our overall vision of growing a healthier neighborhood at the Wedge. 

Of course we can't do all this without help from community sponsors. The funding for the project came from Charles Pedro a new resident of the Triangle. Charles arrived in Raleigh in early August joined the Sierra Club and started to learn about the three cities. He now lives in Durham, but we won't hold this against him.  The design for the planters came from a blog Ruffles &  Truffles.

We can't thank all of you enough for all your support. 

Next step, get a little help from Haven House volunteers to plant strawberries in the planters. 

Shamsa Visone, Connor, Elliott Holmes & Charles Pedro

Elliott Holmes