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Cultivating Common Ground community garden project

Identifier: OH-CG

Scope and Contents

For the Cultivating Common Ground project, middle and high school youth from the Wilmore neighborhood in Charlotte, NC, interviewed the senior citizens who work in their neighborhood's community garden. The teens documented the seniors' life stories and their interest in gardening on video and audio and also through photography.


  • 2001 - 2002

Conditions Governing Access

Original audiovisual materials closed to patron use.

Historical Note

The project was funded by a grant from the Community Cultural Connections Program of the Arts & Science Council, Charlotte-Mecklenburg, Inc. and the Grassroots Grant Program of the North Carolina Arts Council. Additional support came from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, The Enterprise Foundation, the Junior League of Charlotte, Winghaven Gardens and private donors. June Blotnick, currently Executive Director of Clean Air Carolina, was the director of the project.


11 Interviews




Existence and Location of Copies

The bulk of the interviews in the collection are available online on the New South Voices site: https://nsv.uncc.edu/nsv/commonground.html
Cultivating Common Ground Community Garden Oral History Project
December 2017
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Repository Details

Part of the Oral Histories, J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections and University Archives, UNC Charlotte Repository

Atkins Library, UNC Charlotte
9201 University City Blvd
Charlotte NC 28223 USA