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.
A Sip of Paradise Garden's mission is to provide a healthy and safe garden space for bartenders to recharge their creativity, their minds, and themselves. Their vision is for all bartenders to grow food and flowers for themselves and their families to help transform their wellness and happiness.
The AgrowKulture mission statement is to create a safe space for kids to meet new friends, make new things, and inspire other kids in agriculture. They specialize in seasonal crops and vegetables such as carrots, greens, squash, blueberries, apples, pears, plums, eggplant, and peppers.
Since its city approval in late 2014, Aluma Farm has expanded to 3.8 acres. Their aim is to feed Atlanta’s need for locally grown food, foster neighborhood pride, and build awareness and community around farming, healthy environmental practices, and healthful foods. Founders Andrea and Andy come from a long background of agriculture and both quickly came to love small-scale and mindful farming practices. They are in the expansion stage of their 5 year plan, building a chicken coop, creating a community garden, and hosting farm tours and educational events.
The Cabbagetown Community Garden was opened to the public in the summer of 2010 and currently houses 32 raised garden beds and two thriving beehives. The creation of the garden and installation of hives was a combined effort of the Cabbagetown community, the City of Atlanta, Park Pride and later, The Little Bee Project. The garden is the first community garden of its kind in Atlanta. The garden's mission is to leverage its unique urban location to engage the community and educate gardeners of all ages and backgrounds by empowering them to plant, grow and harvest healthy organic food.
Chattahoochee Queen is a specialty cut flower business located in Atlanta, Georgia. The founder, Evan Neal, began farming flowers alongside Brent Hall of Freewheel Farm in 2014 after having spent time farming in Pescadero, California - it was in California that he became acquainted with unfamiliar and fascinating cut flower varieties being grown exclusively for local markets. Moving back to his home state of Georgia in 2012, he started growing flowers in his own backyard, and wherever else he could squeeze a few feet of bedspace in...and has been growing ever since! He currently farms on less than a quarter of an acre, but by focusing on growing intensively and replenishing the soil with top-quality compost, he can grow a whole lot of flowers! They currently sell at Grant Park Farmers Market, to local restaurants, bakeries, and florists, and supply flowers for special events.
The mission of Community Farmers Markets is to develop a local food infrastructure for long term sustainability and meaningful community impact. Their purpose is to preserve, root, and grow a diverse local food culture by maintaining an authentic space for all people to share community, fair food, and healthy lifestyles while providing a sustainable living for producers who steward the earth.
Community Foodscapes is a social venture working in Atlanta, Georgia to empower individuals, organizations, and communities to grow food where they live, work, and play. They provide consultations, designs, edible landscaping, and garden installations. Compost donated to this organization will go towards one of the community gardens they manage, such as the Campbellton Community Garden in the Oakland City / Venetian Hills neighborhood.
Our DeKalb County School Garden Partners currently include Clarkston High School, Primavera Preschool, The Paideia School, The Waldorf School of Atlanta, Springdale Park Elementary School, Talley Street Upper Elementary School, and Beacon High Middle School. When you share your earned compost with DeKalb County Schools, the 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!
Ecosystem Farm grows nutrient-dense foods without any pesticides, herbicides, fungicides or fertilizers. Their goal is to foster a healthy soil food web that supports their plants by making every nutrient available when they need it.
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.
Do you know a community garden or urban farm doing good work in Cincinnati? Let's share the compost love with them!
Encourage them to apply for our Garden Partner Program.
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.
Eno River Garden on Rivermont uses sustainable, regenerative farming practices to grow delicious food and sustain diverse wildlife on 1 acre near the Eno River. They prioritize native plantings to sustain bee, bird and butterfly populations. They also teach permaculture and no-dig gardening methods, provide garden consultation, and share food and flowers with neighbors and CSA members.
Food Bank CENC Community and Demonstration Garden's mission is to nourish people, build solutions, and empower communities.
Food For Thought Food is a new exhibit garden that highlights how to grow fruits and veggies in a sustainable way that works with native habitats to support the community and pollinators and other native wildlife.
Garner Grows Community Farm Garden is located in the heart of Garner, NC on a 17 acre parcel right on Highway 70. Within the fenced 1 acre garden, they have vegetables, berries, chickens, bees, flowers, and some fruit trees. They have partnered with various school and community groups, such as The Governor Morehead School for the Blind Preschool, NC State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, The Raleigh Jaycees, and The Institute for Future Ag. Leaders (IFAL), and the Garner UMC. Their membership is open to anyone in the community who would like to join them in their gardening and learning adventure! Gathering every Saturday morning at 550 Thompson Road Garner, NC 27529
The mission of the GMS Community Garden is to provide an outdoor classroom that is accessible to all of their students regardless of loss of vision, cognitive impairment or physical limitations, a demonstration site that will serve as an example of how to engage all students in the practice of gardening.
Gracious Harvest Community Garden is a "giving" community garden in the heart of downtown Cary, co-sponsored by First United Methodist Church and our downtown neighbors. Gracious Harvest is a place to cultivate the soil, the spirit, God’s bounty, and the community where friends and family join hearts and hands together to feed the body and soul. The "first fruits" of each harvest (10% or more) are set aside for the needy, members working that day get to share the rest.
The Food Justice Garden Ministry provides fresh, organically grown vegetables to organizations and churches that assist the needy with food, such as Catholic Charities, Parkwood PTA Pantry, Feed My Sheep and End Hunger Durham. Volunteers from the parish and local community plant vegetables and flowers, weed, water, harvest and construct new raised beds for planting. A limited number of beds are available for parish families to grow fresh vegetables for their own tables. Volunteering in the garden, typically on Saturday mornings, is a great way to build community relationships and teach your children how to grow vegetables.
Hope Gardens creates a community space that fosters relationships, educates the community, and addresses barriers to food access through shared efforts in sustainable agriculture. Hope Gardens functions as a bridge between the student community at UNC-Chapel Hill and the larger Chapel Hill community. It is a student-run non-profit that creates a space for students and the community of Chapel Hill to learn about and grow their own food side-by-side. Additionally, all of the produce grown by students through Hope Gardens is donated through UNC's Food Recovery Network chapter, another non-profit student organization that distributes food donations to local shelters and food pantries so that produce gets to people in need.