"But if anyone has the world's goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God's love abide in him? Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth."
1 John 3:17-18
To strengthen communities and encourage healthy lifestyles by providing free, fresh produce and wellness education to low-income individuals living in the Charlotte area through our community garden and greenhouse.
Who We Are
The New Leaf Greenhouse and Community Garden seeks to show the love of Christ by helping families access affordable, healthy food and enabling communities to make healthy lifestyle and nutritional decisions.
Our parent organization, the New Leaf Foundation, is a faith-based, 501(c)(3) nonprofit. The greenhouse and community garden is one of the many ways the New Leaf Foundation seeks to remedy some of the root causes of poverty in the city of Charlotte.
What We Do
We have built a community garden program for the low-income, Westchester community in Charlotte with plans for a greenhouse to come. There, we provide free, fresh produce to in-need community members in exchange for their volunteer services at our garden and eventual greenhouse. See our full list of program offerings to community members below.
Free, fresh produce from our garden
Cooking classes featuring seasonal produce
Gardening 101 trainings for volunteers
Weekly, free produce markets on Sundays 1-3pm (weather-permitting)
S.T.E.M. education classes for local, at-risk students in the community
Why We're Here
Sadly, illness plays a critical role in perpetuating poverty in low-income communities. Studies have shown that a large number of these illnesses in lower-income communities are diet-related and are often due to limited access to affordable, healthy foods. Unfortunately, these diet-related illnesses lead to high medical costs that these low-income individuals can't afford and that cause many to become unemployed or unemployable. Thus, a vicious cycle of poverty is created.
How does this happen? In low-income neighborhoods, affordable high-quality food is rarely available to the families living there, while low-quality food is cheap and readily available. Unfortunately, this low-quaity diet frequently leads to significant physical health issues, resulting in high medical bills, lost paychecks, and a host of related problems.
What is the good news? Our community garden and greenhouse help reverse this trend. By encouraging low-income individuals to adopt healthy eating habits, we equip them to fight poverty and have a more stable, secure quality of life.