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Bernard Singleton, 53
19 Jul 2017
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Bernard Singleton, 53

Q: How long have you been living in Enderly Park?

A: For 3 years.

Q: What do you like about living here?

A: There is a sense of community, we all work well as neighbors. I run a community garden on Tuckaseegee and a new one on South Turner Ave.

Q: How did you know you wanted to do this with your life?

A: I donated two pear trees to the Jarrell’s and it felt good to give others produce that I made. My mission in life is to make a mini agriculture to model the beauty of gardening in a urban setting. This provides families food when they are in need and I grow crops that are culturally significant to Charlotte including cotton and rice.    

Q: What are some stories that you have from the garden?

A: I have kids and adults help volunteer in the garden and they can experience the ways of agriculture.  There was one bad experience where a neighbor saw me working in the garden every day and decided when I left, to take some of my tomatoes. Yes, this is a community garden but the neighbors know to ask before taking. I am very willing to give out food if individuals need it but asking is important. It takes a lot of work to grow a garden before anyone can harvest their food.

Q: What would you want to change about your neighborhood?

 

A: I feel like gentrification is happening and we are becoming paralyzed to do anything about it. What the community can do is make themselves valuable to the new investors coming into the west side. They can become partners with them and use their talents and skills to produce something that the community needs.  

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