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Conservancy, community create garden in Foscoe

By Jesse Campbell (

Article Published: Feb. 6 | Modified: Feb. 6
Conservancy, community create garden in Foscoe

It took a community effort to clean away debris to make room for a new permaculture garden in the Foscoe community.

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A new community garden in Foscoe will serve as a teaching tool on the importance of land restoration and species protection in the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Through a land donation, the Blue Ridge Conservancy, college students and AmeriCorps are restoring a 1.7-acre piece of property located near the headwaters of the Watauga River.

By clearing the land, volunteers will be able to install a permaculture garden on the property.

According to the Permaculture Institute website, “Permaculture is an ecological design system for sustainability in all aspects of human endeavor. It teaches us how to build natural homes, grow our own food, restore diminished landscapes and ecosystems, catch rainwater, build communities and much more.”

Cliff and Ann Bridges donated the land, according to a news release.

As part of last month’s MLK Challenge, a community-wide volunteer effort to better Watauga County in the memory of the late Martin Luther King Jr., volunteers cleaned up trash, cut brambles and assisted with invasive species removal.

“The headwaters of the Watauga River flows through this property, which supports trout and many other aquatic organisms that indicate clean water,” said Watauga County N.C. Cooperative Extension agent Wendy Patoprsty. “Volunteers from the MLK Challenge picked up, at least, a dump truck load of trash from this site that had the potential to leach or flow into the river during rain events. Every piece of litter collected helps protect our valuable water resources, so this was a good day for the river.”

“At this point, we are still in the clearing and preparation phase of the project,” Blue Ridge Conservancy communications director Rob McCorkindale said. “Planting will take place in the late spring, once we have a better handle on our options. The public is welcome to view the property, which is at Sleepy Hollow Road and (N.C.) 105 in Foscoe.”

According to McCorkindale, the conservancy will host several organized clean-ups between now and April. To participate, contact the Blue Ridge Conservancy at (828) 264-2511. For more information, visit

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