Durham Bulls Athletic Park to get edible garden

March 21, 2018 GMT

The Durham Bulls Athletic Park is getting an edible garden.

Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina is sponsoring the project that will be a shared venture between Inter-Faith Food Shuttle and the Durham Bulls.

Bland Landscaping is converting 1,600 square feet of existing plants along Jackie Robinson Drive into the “Victory Garden.” The Inter-Faith Food Shuttle Mobile Markets and agency partners will collect and share the produce grown through the year.

“The Victory Garden is a distinctive project, and we’re delighted to have the support of Blue Cross,” said George Habel, vice president of special projects for the Capitol Broadcasting Company, the parent company of the Durham Bulls and WRAL News. “This alliance of invested partners will help our community thrive through access and education as it relates to growing food locally.”


The garden project is expected to be complete this spring. Blue Cross’ investment will help cover costs for the garden’s first three years and its initial construction.

“The garden will help connect and unite our community around food,” said Cheryl Parquet, director of strategic community investments of Blue Cross. “The best way to understand the relationship between our local food system and food insecurity is to see it in action. This interactive space will teach students, families and the community where their food comes from and will support Inter-Faith Food Shuttle’s efforts to address hunger in downtown Durham.”

The Victory Garden is the latest collaboration between Blue Cross and the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle. The company announced that it will also be hosting a day of service to benefit the food shuttle during its Thrive NC event, which will include a food festival and summit to explore food insecurities.

On May 11, more than 100 volunteers will pack 600 bags for the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle’s Backpack Buddies Program, which helps provide more than 2,300 children with nutritious groceries for a weekend when free school breakfast and lunch are not provided. Volunteers will prepare bags of groceries for Wake County senior citizens in need.

Thrive NC will be held May 10-11 in City Market in downtown Raleigh. Tickets for the food festival are $30 per night and include unlimited food an drink samples, public cooking demos from award winning chefs and live music. Tickets are on sale now, and proceeds go to North Carolina nonprofits that address issues related to food insecurity.