DIG Cob Wall Destroyed by Car Wreck

DIG Cob Wall Destroyed by Car Wreck

Published Friday, May 20, 2016

This past Wednesday morning, we arrived at SEEDS and found an unfortunate site – the near total destruction of the cob entryway to the DIG Market Garden. What we know now is that around 2:30am, a vehicle tore through the free pick area planted with pollinator flowers & herbs, hit a telephone pole on Elizabeth Street, and crashed into the cob wall at the entrance to the Market Garden, coming to a stop in the newly planted orchard.

This project was designed by the DIG youth to expand the free pick offerings for our neighbors, as well as to create a more inviting entrance to the garden. The wall was built over several months by the youth under the guidance of Master Natural Builder Michael McDonough of Rising Earth Natural Building with support from the Durham Rotary. The final product would not have been possible without the support of volunteers giving hundreds of hours, working beside the youth.

We are grateful it was not worse. No one was hurt, and everything that was destroyed can be rebuilt, replanted or otherwise repaired. We have been absolutely humbled by the support and concern, as well as offers of help coming from all corners of this amazing community we are a part of in Durham.

So first, Thank You!

Second, an update. The DIG youth are taking inventory of the damage and doing the initial clean up as staff work with the police, insurance and estimators. When the youth determine the action plan, we will reach out to you with how you can help make it happen! It will likely involved starting the project over from the ground up, with will require a lot of sweat equity and all new materials.

In the meantime , we need your help  to be ready to mobilize around the project! Here are a few ways you can help now:

  • Come to the  Pie Social today , May 21. Learn about our work, survey the damage, and support the DIG youth by purchasing copious amounts of pie.
  • Make a  tax-deductible donation  to support the ongoing work of our organization. Your contributions give our team the flexibility to refocus when faced with an unplanned challenge, as we keep our core programs moving forward.
  • Participate in, volunteer for or  dough-nate  to a team in  The DOUGHMAN  on May 28 – ALL proceeds support SEEDS in this self-propelled culinary adventure.
  • Bring your work/civic/rec team, or just yourself, to  volunteer . We need to bring current projects to completion so when it’s time to tackle the wall, it will be all hands on deck ! We have ongoing volunteer projects, and group opportunities Wednesday – Saturday every week.
  • Purchase supplies from our  Amazon Wishlist  (and while you’re at it, think about adding SEEDS as your  Amazon Smile  designated charity) to help restock tools and other items essential to our work.

I cannot fully express our appreciation for the support we’ve gotten this week. You make it possible for this urban oasis to thrive as a demonstration of sustainable agriculture and environmental stewardship, and to be a living classroom for our youth. Come see what you have grown in Durham!


Emily Egge

Executive Director

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