The Asheville Buncombe Community Garden Network is coordinated by Asheville based nonprofit, Bountiful Cities, connecting almost 40 gardens. Bountiful Cities is able to coordinate shared workdays, a tool library, seed library, volunteer recruitment, potlucks, and shared resources - like COMPOST! Bountiful Cities is also able to provide free workshops to community gardeners on all kinds of related topics like seed starting, and mushroom log inoculation. The goal of the network is to strengthen neighborhood-powered food initiatives through collaboration.
Our Buncombe County School Garden Partners currently include Evergreen Community Charter School and Issac Dickson Elementary School. When you share your earned compost with Buncombe County Schools, these participating schools can request compost delivery to be used in their school gardens to grow healthy food and educate students about the importance of healthy soil!
Eliada’s Campus Farm program provides food and educational opportunities for its 400 students and residents 365 days a year. The farm currently consists of three growing facilities: a geodesic Grow Dome, a hoop house, and a learning garden. Between the three facilities, their farm program is equipped to grow year-round. Produce from the farm goes directly to Eliada’s on-campus kitchen where it is used to create nutritional, fresh meals for the students served on campus. A portion of the Learning Garden is also dedicated to a therapeutic tea garden where they grow herbs youths help bag and drink as a self-soothing ritual. Additional produce grown outside of the kitchen's needs is supplied to food boxes through our Healthy Opportunities Pilot program, giving food boxes to community members in need.
They use a geodesic dome for year-round growing using hydroponics, soil beds, and aquaponics. Their 3-season hoop house is off-grid and utilizes 70 ft long raised beds for things like tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, lettuce, and other salad items. Their Learning Garden is 1/4 acre and utilizes a deep mulch compost system and no-till practices to, without the use of chemicals, grow larger quantities of things like beans, potatoes, onions, squash, melons, salad greens, and tea herbs. This spring they're putting in a berry patch with strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, and blueberries. The Campus farm program is fully grant and donor funded and is one of the several programs that non-profit Eliada Homes operates on its campus as part of their child and youth services. Our Farm manager, in addition to growing all this food, also teaches hands-on agricultural education classes to their K-12 students on a weekly basis. Students are the ones helping to grow this food right alongside our Farm Manager.
The Rhoades Property Garden serves as a space for UNCA students and faculty and Asheville community members to learn and participate in sustainable agriculture practices.The intergenerational activities that are practiced in the garden are intended to make connections between the diverse communities and neighborhoods of Asheville, educational institutions, and various sectors of the food system. The Rhoades Property garden provides a fun way to learn about sustainability and organic gardening and serves as an opportunity to gain and share knowledge, which in turn will create a community response to local food security.
The Sand Hill Community Garden is located at the Buncombe County Sports Park in West Asheville. They donate produce to MANNA, a local free farmers market, and a free community meal at a local church. Please help them keep this neighborhood garden growing strong by sharing your earned compost.
The Shiloh community is rooted in African American settlements dating back to the 19th century. Agriculture serves as a tradition in the area, one they are working to revive through their community garden and other such projects. Youth involvement at the Shiloh Community Garden includes not only the experience of growing produce organically, but lessons in food preparation, healthy eating, permaculture, sustainability, entrepreneurship, literacy, leadership and self-governance.
Southside Community Garden is located in the Southside Community, a historic African-American neighborhood and supported by volunteers and community members dedicated to growing food and community involvement. The project has welcomed a place for both neighbors and residents of the Southside Community, plus volunteers and community groups from outside the neighborhood to connect to agriculture and healthy eating in a food desert, meaning a place that lacks access to healthy food and groceries. The food grown in donated to the Southside kitchen which serves donation based meals and is open to the public.
Food Well Alliance's mission is to strengthen community farms and gardens to create thriving communities that value local, healthy food. We do this by connecting people, ideas, leadership, and capital. Over the past three years, Food Well Alliance has directly supported 21 farms and roughly 100 community gardens located within Clayton, Cobb, DeKalb, Fulton, and Gwinnett. One of the ways in which Food Well Alliance has supported community farms and gardens is by providing them with high quality, locally produced compost.
Fresh Harvest provides a home delivery of local organic produce throughout Greater Atlanta. The Fresh Harvest Garden is a small diversified garden located in Clarkston, GA. The garden’s mission is to demonstrate sustainable growing practices, foster community, and engage local youth through horticultural therapy field trips. The produce is distributed weekly in Fresh Harvest baskets and sold at a subsidized market for Clarkston's refugee community.
Our Fulton County School Garden Partners currently include Atlanta Neighborhood Charter School - Elementary Campus and Atlanta Neighborhood Charter School - Middle Campus, and Parkside Elementary Learning Garden. When you share your earned compost with Fulton County Schools, these participating schools can request compost delivery to be used in their school gardens to grow healthy food and educate students about the importance of healthy soil!
The Garden at Neighborhood Church in association with The Atlanta Ecumenical Urban Farm Network, works together to combat food insecurity by helping Metro Atlanta to Worship Well and Eat Well. They grow year-round, generally things like tomatoes, carrots, various greens, garlic, herbs, and onions. They use all natural methods and grow in raised beds.
Georgia Organics is a statewide nonprofit working to connect organic food from Georgia farms to Georgia families. The organization hosts a demonstration garden at its Atlanta offices where they utilize healthy soil and compost to grow seasonal vegetables and herbs. Harvests support a variety of potlucks, partner meetings and staff lunches throughout the year.
Global Growers Network partners with people from diverse cultures who grow fresh food for their families and for local marketplaces. Together, they build and sustain networks of people, land, resources, and markets in order to create a more equitable food system that is driven by cultural diversity, inclusive economies, and regenerative agriculture practices.
The Good Samaritan Urban Farm is a 1-acre Certified Naturally Grown farm located on the property of The Good Samaritan Health Center in Atlanta's Bankhead neighborhood. The Farm serves to be an innovative healthcare initiative providing locally-grown, fresh produce to patients & community members within The Good Samaritan Health Center. The Farm hosts a daily farm stand to help create access to the patients and community who are on-site for appointments or visiting the campus, who may not otherwise have easy access to affordable, fresh produce.
Seven years ago in SE Atlanta, community members transformed a steep hillside of kudzu and trash into Grant Park Community Garden. Ever since, their members have been growing vegetables for themselves and for others. In support of the Plant a Row for the Hungry Program, half of their cultivated land is reserved for growing organic food to donate to soup kitchens and feeding programs in their community. Last year, they donated 365 pounds of food - a pound a day! They love the personal connection they feel toward each other, their community, the food they grow and the people they donate it to. They cultivate a big assortment of vegetables, blueberry bushes and honey bees. Along with great food, they are about connecting their community with a happy green space and demonstrating the joys of healthy growing practices.
Charleston Parks Conservancy's mission is to inspire the people of Charleston to connect with their parks and together create stunning public spaces and a strong community.
Our Charleston School Garden Partners currently include: Daniel Island School and Community Garden and North Charleston Elementary School. When you share your earned compost with Charleston County Schools, these participating schools can request compost delivery to be used in their school gardens to grow healthy food and educate students about the importance of healthy soil!
The College of Charleston Campus Gardens are made possible by the college's Sustainable Agriculture Program to educate the students and the community about growing food in an urban environment, while also growing fresh food for students produced by students. CofC students are welcome to harvest produce anytime and if a student wants to get more involved students are encouraged to volunteer and resources can be provided for students to grow their own food, as well.
Keep North Charleston Beautiful (KNCB) is an award-winning affiliate of Keep America Beautiful. KNCB is a non-profit organization that works to enhance the beauty and image of the City of North Charleston through hands-on beautification efforts, through education, and by supporting community cleanups. KNCB’s ultimate goal is to create a community where people want to live, work, and play. One of KNCB's many activities is to maintain butterfly gardens throughout North Charleston to support the pollinator population, including butterflies, bees, and hummingbirds. These gardens are educational community gardens for everyone to enjoy!
The Green Heart Project builds garden-based experiential learning projects and school garden programs to educate students, connect people, and cultivate community through growing, eating, and celebrating food.
Civic Garden Center works with neighborhood residents to create community gardens, providing training and technical support for growing fruits and vegetables to create sustainable projects for the entire Greater Cincinnati region. They try to grow using only organic practices and materials. Each community garden grows various fruit and vegetables ranging from eggplant to corn and everything in between.
Sidestreams Foundation, Inc. is a 501(c)3 nonprofit with the mission of building gardens and creating locally grown fresh food projects. Sidestreams works throughout Cincinnati to not only increase fresh food access, but also empower others with tools and knowledge of how to grow their own food.
Taft Garden is a diverse group of passionate Walnut Hills residents growing healthy food, restoring urban soil, beautifying green spaces, and building community. They believe everyone deserves convenient access to fresh and affordable local produce.
Alliance Medical Ministry exists to provide affordable healthcare to working, uninsured adults in Wake County. Our community garden, located at 101 Donald Ross Drive, Raleigh, was created in 2009 to supplement our holistic approach to health care by providing our patients with fresh and organic produce to improve their diet and overall health. Yearly we donate 2,000 pounds of nutritious produce to our patients, and growing!
Gardeners at the Asbury Community Garden enjoy a long growing season in full sun plots, experience community with fellow enthusiasts, and, more importantly, donate at least 50% of their harvest to Inter-Faith Food Shuttle and individuals/families in need. The garden began in 2011 and has continued to thrive. More than fifty people from Asbury Church and the community are involved with the garden and have donated in excess of 7,000 pounds of vegetables to charities every year. The garden is harvested twice weekly by people leasing garden plots. Gardeners take joy in knowing that hungry families are enjoying fresh vegetables.
Blossom Garden Club is a member of the Durham Council of Garden Clubs, Garden Clubs of NC, & The National Garden Club Association. They collaborate with The Trinity Park Foundation in Durham, as well as with Durham Parks & Recreation. The garden is located at The Trinity Park, a neighborhood park supported by City of Durham.
The CREW Community Garden will serve the Church of Reconciliation and Elliot Woods apartments and other interested neighbors. They provide an opportunity to plant, tend, and gather food from a garden, enabling youth and adults to teach and learn gardening skills while building a sense of community with each other. They also aim to foster stewardship of the natural world around us, to learn and experience the benefits of fresh homegrown food, and to share the bounty of God’s gifts from our garden with others free of charge.
Located on Wilson Street in Chapel Hill, NC, Carolina Community Garden serves as a source of fresh sustainably grown produce for UNC-CH's lowest wage workers as well as a learning community for students, staff, and neighbors to develop gardening skills, healthy living, social responsibility, and interdisciplinary pursuits. CCCG is the result of shared efforts of staff, students, faculty and local residents. All of the fruits and vegetables grown are distributed to UNC housekeepers. Nutrient rich compost is a vital part of growing nutritious fruits and veggies; CCCG composts their yard waste, and you can learn more about composting by visiting their garden during work days, but they don't make enough to fulfill all their compost needs! Lets complete the urban food cycle and help support their mission by providing their garden with compost generated from your food scraps.
The Carrboro Community Garden Coalition (CCGC) runs a community garden located in MLK, Jr. Park off of Hillsborough Road in Carrboro, NC. You don't have to be a skilled gardener to join us, we're happy to teach you what we know! Some of our gardeners started out having never grown anything, while others have managed large-scale farms. Through the garden, we hope to increase sustainable urban food production and community involvement in growing local food. We hope to achieve these goals by 1) teaching people how to grow food, 2) locating, securing in trust, and managing land, 3) increasing access to resources, skills, and local knowledge, 4) creating spaces where community members share tools, land, seeds, skills, inspiration, and cultural awareness, and 5) modeling replicable and financially viable programs and practices
We do not use conventional fertilizers, pesticides, or herbicides in the garden, relying instead on compost, "good" insects eating "bad" ones, leaf mulch, and manual labor to keep our crops healthy.
Community Garden Washington Terrace is fostering a community garden program that engages residents with educational workshops, provides produce for those experiencing food insecurity, and ultimately installs the residents as stakeholders of the program.
The garden serves an affordable housing complex consisting of 171 family units. Their crop is based on community input and includes collards, cabbage, broccoli, Brussels, strawberries, blueberries, potatoes, onions, tomatoes, eggplant, spinach, kale, okra, and more! They use olla pots to help with watering and have two outside volunteer managers for the garden in addition to resident volunteers. They use zero pesticides or synthetic fertilizers, using only an organic compost tea from a local nursery for nutrient needs.
Dickson Foundation Community Garden provides hands-on opportunities to learn about planting, harvesting, and preparing healthy food. Produce harvested from the garden primarily go to students, staff, and faculty volunteers. Impacting the food security of the campus community guides distribution decisions. Group work times are scheduled in which garden staff lead service activities such as planting, mulching, watering, weeding, and general maintenance.
They do 3 seasons of crops. In the Fall; they plant beets, carrots, lettuces, kale, broccoli, radish, daikon radish, etc. In the Spring; they duplicate many of the Fall crops; In the summer they plant tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, cucumbers, butternut squash, watermelons, cantaloupe, etc
The Disciples’ Community Garden exists to uphold the following B.E.S.T. practices: Build connections between people and families of their faith community and those in the greater community; Empower individuals and families to take an active role in the garden, and their own food supply and welfare; Share the bounty of the garden and fruits of their common labor to the benefit of their community, especially the hungry; Teach each other what they know. Learn together, and engage younger members of the community to foster interest in sustainable gardening.