The Wedge at 214 Park Avenue

The Wedge at 214 Park Avenue

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Garden Party!

Taste of the Wedge Garden Party!

As you may know, we had our annual garden party this past Sunday and it was terrific! Everyone came out including the weather (it was hot!) and had a great time spending time together, enjoying the outdoors, and eating lots of food! The dishes included carrots and beanpole salad, cucumber salad, watermelon, arugula salad and mangos. We also had a refreshing cucumber infused drink and some delicious sweet tea.

Tracy Weidert & Shamsa Visone
 Some of the people who made it out include Tyler and Susan Craft, Tyler is the Vice-Chair of the Hillsborough CAC; Dallas and family, sponsors of the garden; Sue Adley-Warrick and Lyle; Dan and Kate Bagley with triplets Quin, Emmie, and Gracie; Tracy Weidert, Co-Manager of the Wedge Garden; Aliana and Charlie, neighbors; and Reach Out Raleigh!
Shamsa with Tracy, a neighbor

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

You're Invited!!!!!

This Sunday, come out and enjoy our harvest with the many people of the Wedge community... Along with the potluck, we will also be tasting our no name tomatoes and picking the OFFICIAL "Wedge tomato"!! It's going to be a great time and we can't wait to see you there!

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Sponsor of the Week! Glenwood South

The Wedge Garden is meant to be a place in our community where people can come together to learn and grow in a welcoming and open environment. None of this would be possible without the support of The Wedge’s many sponsors who work to help our garden thrive. One group of sponsors that is especially important to us here at The Wedge, is all of our friends over on Glenwood South. Many Glenwood businesses and neighbors have donated their time, food, and services to the garden and so we wanted to give each of them the recognition that they deserve!

Seen here: Lilly Gray at Raleigh Wine Shop; Maurizio, Owner at Tesoro Hair Design; Jason and Lauren at De'Mo's; Thomas, Manager at Sushi Blues; Sara, Owner of Cupcake Shoppe; Akram at Zaky's and Bob and Sue Lohr.

The Wedge Garden loves our Glenwood restaurants because they donate one of our favorite things at the garden… FOOD! Blue Mango served some of its delicious Indian food at Taste of the Wedge Garden in 2014. At our greenhouse installation, DeMo’s served lunch and the volunteer’s couldn’t have been happier. And last but not least, Zaky’s brought lunch for the ShermanWilliam’s Kid’s Painting Day! They served fresh, family made Mediterranean and Palestinian food including the best falafel in Raleigh! Our volunteers work hard at each event and these amazing donated meals are just what they need at the end of a long garden day.

Our restaurant sponsors are loved but who can forget the wonderful businesses on Glenwood South! Raleigh Wine Shop, the Cupcake Shoppe, Sushi Blues Cafe, and Tesoro Hair Design were all kind enough to donate gift certificates for our big Service Raleigh event in March. These certificates were given to many of our incredible volunteers who came out to work that day. The Wedge loves to show our volunteers that we appreciate them and we couldn’t have done that without these awesome gifts!

Many residents of Glenwood have also reached out to help The Wedge! Bob and Sue Lohr sponsored our intern, Mary’s, sidewalk project. Whenever you go to the garden and see all of the beautiful perennials, the Lohr’s are partly to thank! And of course, Stephen Votino and family donated the sign holders that are spread throughout the garden. Thanks to him, visitors can tell what’s growing in each bed and the garden can run much smoother!

The Wedge Garden loves our sponsors and we know you will too so, go check them out next time you’re around Glenwood South!!!

INTERN SPOTLIGHT! Christina McChesney

            The Wedge Community Garden considers itself blessed to have so many collegiate interns contributing to the garden and making it such a success! This is all possible through the Wedge Connect Program; a program that allows college students to take on their own project for the garden, in order to give them experience in their chosen field of study while being mentored by an experienced professional. Each intern is so special within the Wedge community and so, we want to draw attention to all the wonderful things that they are doing!

Christina McChesney is currently a senior at NC State studying biology. Christina was looking for an internship  when she stumbled upon a pest control internship in the Wedge Connect Program. She joined the team shortly after and was eager to get started working in the garden! As an intern through the Wedge Connect program, Christina has had the opportunity to work with a Master Gardener Rich Woynicz; who has taught her how to help the garden grow, stay pest free, and use water wise watering.

Although Christina applied for a pest control internship, her main project thus far has been creating various maps of the garden. She initially created a map of the herb garden and is now working on designing a complete map of the garden including an index of what exactly is growing throughout and where. While this may seem like a tedious and unpleasant task for some, Christina has approached it with enthusiasm because she knows it will help the garden better communicate with the community and help visitors find what they are looking for. Christina and this project are essential because it makes it easier for community members to use the garden that is meant for them!

In the future, Christina hopes to design an outdoor vermicomposting area at The Wedge.  For those out there who have never heard of vermicomposting (like myself!), it is composting that primarily uses red worms. Christina has had her own personal vermicompost bed for years but can’t wait to put one to use in the garden and observe how it applies to outdoors. Christina will be working with a corporate group in the garden to help them learn how to compost their kitchen scraps. Learning opportunities like this are what the Wedge Connect program is all about and we are so happy that Christina can have this opportunity!

Christina loves the garden because it “allows for all types of people to have a chance to invest in their community!” She sees that the garden offers many benefits from taking home produce to gaining valuable learning and growing experiences. If asked by a newcomer to the garden, she would say that anyone can get involved and there’s so much to do here beyond basic garden tasks. You never know who you are going to meet or what you might learn!

We are so grateful for all that Christina has done so far at The Wedge and cannot wait to see what her future holds!