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, Beacon High Middle School, Avondale Elementary School, John R. Lewis Elementary School Garden, Parkside Elementary, and Oakhurst Cooperative Preschool. 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.
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.
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.
The Inter-Faith Food Shuttle partners with communities to grow Community Gardens and promote healthy lifestyles. Through innovative initiatives and partnerships, we provide community members with education and tools necessary to improve community health and nutrition. Community members are empowered to take back control of their food choices and lead healthier lives through increased access to fresh produce, nutrition and culinary education, and opportunities for leadership development, community building, and physical activity.
Compost is vital to our efforts; in fact, we require more than 40,000 pounds of it each year. Help us build community health, wealth, and security by sharing your earned compost; every bit counts!
Kidzu Children's Museum Pollinator Garden's native pollinator garden is where growing gardeners can get their hands dirty! Children can explore our raised beds as they plant, tend, and care for our pollinator plots, and buzz about with their fellow pollinators at this exciting outdoor learning exhibit.
Laurel's Garden Design's mission is to create beautiful, functional, and self-sustaining gardens that promote conservation and increase biodiversity in the landscape. They also grow vegetables and fruits for harvest during the Summer and early Fall to give to the low-income community surrounding their area, as well as grow native plants year-round. The garden is certified with the North Carolina Native Plant Society’s Native Plant Garden Certificate and National Wildlife Federation as a Certified Wildlife Habitat, as well as The Butterfly Highway.
Morrisville Community Garden, located at 219 Church St. in Morrisville, designated by BCBSNC as Wake County's sole Nourishing NC Garden, sees our mission as a community-centered service organization.
We believe the garden offers the following benefits to our community: encouraging self-reliance by teaching people how to grow their own food; strengthening community pride by providing a common goal; increasing the Town's aesthetic by turning otherwise unused land into a productive garden; teaching compassion through charitable giving; teaching the values of commitment and patience; promoting good health by giving people the opportunity to work outside; providing access to healthy, fresh, locally-grown produce and benefiting the environment.
Through partnerships with the Town of Morrisville, Advocates for Health in Action and others, we aim to promote healthy living through the garden.
Durham's North St. Community Garden is a community building effort - to have activities for the people in our North Street Community of folks with disabilities and friends, and include the neighbors who have lived in this area before we moved in, as well as the many volunteers who helped put the gardens in place, so that we can all get to know and support each other. We enjoy planting, maintaining, and getting together to make pesto, salsa, etc from the bounty.
Our Orange County School Garden Partners currently include: McDougle Elementary School. When you share your earned compost with Orange 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!
Parkwood Community Garden is a gathering space for residents of the Parkwood neighborhood in Durham which includes seasonal vegetables and fruits, herbs, a pollinator garden, and a rain garden. At Parkwood Community Garden, they're not just committed to growing food, they're also growing relationships, and future gardeners! They are supported by residents and volunteers who help them to provide access to fresh food and build healthy soil without the use of pesticides or chemical fertilizers. It’s a valuable place for people to come together, and for beginning gardeners to gain experience, which they can use in their home gardens, and hopefully to also encourage gardens at their local schools. Thank you for considering them – your compost is a huge help!
The primary mission of the Passage Home Community Garden is to address food insecurities and increase community activism. The Community Garden located next to their main office at, 513 Bragg St. in Raleigh offers over 20 different types of vegetables and fruit at little to no cost. Almost entirely community-led, Passage Home invites you to join them in supporting one another through fresh food, community, and health.