In a news segment on WUNC , the local National Public Radio affiliate, Rev. Grace Hackney discusses the unlikely formation of Anathoth Community Garden  in the racially-charged town of Cedar Grove, N.C. A murder served as a catalyst for black and white residents to come together to create food for the community, but distrust on both sides made for a rocky start.
Grace recently transitioned from her post as pastor of Cedar Grove UMC (one of Thriving Rural Communities’ Partner Churches ) to Mt. Bethel UMC in Bahama, N.C. But she distinctly recalls her early days in Cedar Grove seven years ago:
“Coming to this part of Orange County, after having lived in northern Chatham County and going to school at Duke, I thought I had a good sense of what life in North Carolina was like, but I didn’t,” she says. “It was like coming to a different country. This is a very different part of North Carolina.”
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