An often asked question, is how is it possible for a full time staff of three to continuously engage with our local community through our programs. It is through years-long efforts and relationship building that FCAB is able to do the work that we are called to do. And often with the help of contractors and volunteers.
In the midst of the COVID-19 global pandemic, we have been excited to welcome back to our soil Mr. Cleevester Wilkins, Master Gardener. Mr. Cleevester is the son of a Nash County sharecropper. When asked what they grew in his youth, he says everything but especially tobacco and to this day he has no love for cucumbers.
Mr. Cleevester returned to farming (or as he would say, gardening) in 1977. He just “always liked to grow things…” and so he planted the things he liked: corn, potatoes, cabbage-collards, tomatoes, broccoli, cabbage, salads and peas. Always enough to give away. He first heard about Franklinton Center at Bricks from his brother George’s wife, Mary both of whom were dedicated member of the FCAB family. When Vivian Lucas became the Executive Director she asked if he would be our gardener and he said yes. And it is his love for the soil that has had him return after a number of years of rest due to a twisted back.
Mr. Cleevester Wilkins has been a joyous and welcome return in 2020! – he would not pose for an official picture, but here is his garden.
Through our Just Food Summer Collaboration, we were able to provide: – 240,000 Servings (60,000 lbs or 30 tons) – of fresh vegetables.
Our Orchard has yielded – 105 bushels or 5,250 lbs (2.625 tons) – of fresh peaches, pears, apples, and pecans.
We look forward to sharing the yield of our fall garden. Tasty recipes will continue soon!