It’s that time of year again–when the crops we’ve been tending are ready for harvest and the bounty is ready to be shared. Now in our ninth growing season, we’ve been growing and giving away food in this way since 2009. Our garden began as a small group of friends coming together in community to use the land for what it was intended. Naturally, we had fresh, organic food to share with those in need and have continued to find ways to interconnect our organization with others, helping to reach those in Western North Carolina in need of fresh, organic food to sustain them. Below, you’ll find a list of share markets we are providing produce through:
Blue Ridge Apartments, 108 N Blue Ridge Rd #A, Black Mountain, NC 28711
St. James Episcopal Church, 424 W State St, Black Mountain, NC 28711
10:30 – Free Class – Gentle Movement/Yoga
11:15 – Health and Wellness Lesson
12:00 – Food Distribution
Children and Friends, 3126 US-70, Black Mountain, NC 28711
(Open to daycare families)
Charles D. Owen Middle School Parking Lot
730 Old US HWY 70, Swannanoa, NC 28778
4:15 – Healthy Cooking Class
5:00 – Food Distribution
Black Mountain Elementary School
100 Flat Creek Rd, Black Mountain, NC 28711
3:45 – Health and Wellness Lesson in cafeteria
4:30 – Food Distribution
We share harvest with Green Opportunities as well and their Southside Kitchen, which provides free community lunch at their space in Asheville, NC and is open to all, Monday-Thursday 12:00pm-1:00pm.
Our work is not done to detract from the wonderful variety of farmers and gardeners in the area who grow and sell their harvest at farmer’s markets or through CSA’s. We hope to fill a needed gap from the emergency food system and SNAP/EBT benefits to ensure that fresh, organic food is available to those who cannot readily afford it. It’s important now more than ever that come together as community to connect and share with one another. As you may have heard us mention before, “There are many types of hunger. Everyone is hungry for something and everyone has something to give.” ~Susan Sides
We are so thankful to be blessed with such a wonderful community here in Western North Carolina!
Our 9th Annual Square Dance, Potluck and Fundraiser held May 20th of 2017 was such a wonderful show of compassion. As a nonprofit community and giving garden, we wouldn’t be able to do this work without each and every one of you. And unfortunately, there’s a greater need as more and more people find themselves in situations where they’re unable to feed themselves and their families. NPR recently reported that “One in eight Americans — 42 million people — still struggle to get enough to eat. And while that number has been going down recently, hunger appears to be getting worse in some economically distressed areas, especially in rural communities.” That is why we began growing on this small plot of land in Fairview, NC nine seasons ago. In addition to helping those during difficult times, we also want to be a source of education and inspiration to foster personal growth and community development, because like a plant no one can grow without a warm and inviting environment.
Our annual square dance, potluck and fundraiser is one way we’re able to raise the funds to support our few staff and the necessary resources to provide fresh, organic produce to those in need.
Take a peek at the fun had in the beautiful photos taken by Sarah Elizabeth Malinak below:
Thanks to all of the generous donors listed below for helping to make this year’s event such a success (in addition to each and everyone of you)
Cindy Vandewart, Maria Horton, Woof in the Woods, Biltmore Estate, Amelia Fletcher, Cedar Ridge, Corner Kitchen, High Country Nursery, April Tarjick, Chestnut, Steam Masters, Asheville Symphony, Joe Scully, Marsha Mills, Garden Spot, BB Barnes, Jan Love Akers, Nels Arnold, Anne Tansey/Twigwork, Annie Ager
Biltmore Coffee Traders, Rhubarb, Happy Tails, Asheville Community Theatre, Breakout Asheville, Malaprops, Aloft, Kiln’s, Tops for Shoes, Hickory Nut Gap Farms, Enter the Earth, Spring Mountain Shiners, Whistlehop, Imladris, Hot Springs Spa and Resort, Marie Forney, Trout Lily
Farmer Jane Soaps, Herbiary, Bee Charmer, Anthony Rivera, Green Man Brewing, Hi-Wire Brewery, Michael Kinnear, French Broad Chocolates, Jen Rattigan, Jessica Lynn, The Hub of Fairview, Fairview Town Crier, Sandie Rhodes, Barbara Trombatore, Mary Dean Leland, Betsy Milford, John Myers of Laughing Waters, Ken Abbott, Kathy Rauch
Fairview Animal Hospital, Drunkencows.com/Roz, Golfers Paradise, Chuck Wood, Sami Claire, Sugar Shack, Ruth & Ranshaw, The Local Joint, Hot Dog King, Fairview Welcome Table, Rosetta’s Kitchen, Troyers, Pisgah Banjos
If you weren’t able to attend and would like to make a donation, we graciously accept monetary donations or support in the garden with needed projects and resources.
We could also use help with the following projects:
1. Someone to build and install bluebird houses.
2. Someone to put our purple martin house on a tall pole (any bird folk out there who can help?)
3. Someone to build and install a new wooden fence around the children’s garden.
4. Someone into shade ornamentals who can donate and/or beautify a space under our hickory tree so we don’t have to continue to mow there.
There’s more but you get the idea. Your help on any of these quick projects would help so much!
9th Annual Square Dance & FUNdraiser Saturday, May 20, 2017!
Since 2009, we have continued to inspire new ways of living in community and increasing food access. We don’t buy the “giver”and “receiver” labels of charity—everyone has something to offer and something they need. We believe in weaving folk’s strengths, passions, talents, and creativity into addressing issues like food security, loneliness, prejudice, and the isolation of modern society. And what better way to come together than to dance, share stories and learn more about how you can get involved here with us or in a similar way in your area.
What to Expect:
Each year our talented friends and neighbors donate handmade wares, gift certificates and wondrous creations for a raffle and silent auction you’ll want to take a chance or two on. A live band and a called square dance will keep the afternoon feet moving and toes tapping and of course we wouldn’t host an event without bringing folks together to share a meal, and we invite you all to bring a dish to share as part of our potluck feast or a simply a small donation of $10 to enjoy a plate.
We’ll also have locally made beer from Hi Wire Brewing and Green Man Brewery as well as locally crafted cider from the wonderful folks at Noble Cider. French Broad Chocolates has generously donated hand-crafted chocolate treats which we’ll have available for donation that afternoon and evening. Our staff and board members will guide visitors on tours through the garden.
Bring folding chairs or blankets, your potluck dish and any financial support you’re able to contribute to help us in continuing to do this work. Together, we can help alleviate hunger, provide education and change lives.
Raffle Items Available:
- Two Passes to The Biltmore Estate + a $50 Gift Certificate to Corner Kitchen (value $175)
- Beautiful bird bath from BB Barnes (value $100)
- Hand crafted Bench by the talented Anne Tansey (value $150)
- Dinner for 4 at Rhubarb (value $200)
- Dinner for 8 by Maria Horton (value $160)
- Photo shoot with Amelia Fletcher (value $150)
- Japanese Maple Tree from Tom Ross/High Country Nursery (value $150)
- Home Makeover: Steam Master Carpet Cleaner, Large framed mirror, Gold-framed painting, Small cherub art piece, potted plants (value $250)
- Trail Ride for 6 with Annie Ager at Hickory Nut Gap Farm (value $250)
- 3 Days and overnights at Happy Tails, Gift card from Woof in the Woods, Cedar Ridge Heartworm test and year-long heartworm prevention (value $360)
- Family Photo Shoot with April Tarjick (value $100)
- 4 Tickets to Asheville Symphony (value $200)Large container garden from Garden Spot (value $ 100)
- A Taste of Downtown for 2: Asheville Community Theatre tickets, Breakout Games, Kilwins fudge and ice cream, and Aloft bar gift certificate (value $150)
- Happy Hour: Enter the Earth banded onyx serving platter, Whistlehop drinking glasses, Imladris Farm jams, Hickory Nut Gap Farm salami gift set (value $ 200)
- Aromatouch Massage, Essential Oils, Diffuser, and Trout Lily Market gift card, Farmer Jane soaps, Herbiary gift basket (value $200)
- Bee Charmer gift basket and aristically painted bee box by Garden Guys (value $200)
- Painting by Jen Rattigan (value $ 150)
Tickets will be made available at the gate or at several Fairview locations, TBA. We look forward to celebrating with you all!
Access the clients you need with incentives!
Ways for your business to participate:
*Give a set number of dinners, desserts, tickets, or vouchers.
(We need these to be in the form of something that fits into a envelope
and will distribute them among the different giving levels as needed.)
Examples: 30 entrees at your restaurant or 25 gift certificates for merchandise
*Make sure everyone in at a certain giving level gets a voucher for your product.
“We will give movie tickets to everyone who donates at least $250!” or
“We want everyone who gave $1,000 to come have dinner at our restaurant, on us!”
*Provide product samples for the hand-delivered large donor baskets.
Examples: beverages, merchandise, non-perishable food, tee-shirts, product
What makes a great coupon?
*Something that people want… for free!
*Small items ($3.00 value)
*An item that would go great
with a (paid for) companion item.
A free cookie wants a coffee!
Things we need:
*Drinks: coffee, chai, juice
*Sweets: cookies, ice cream, candies
*Small plates: a pizza slice, taco, mini burger
*Things: dog collar, decal, coffee mug
*Services: hair blow dry, bike tire repair
Get access to the area’s most active, engaged clientele.
Big Give Days
Big Give Days are raffles, where everyone who donates
on that day is entered. It’s an effective way to build
excitement and increase donors.
Opportunities for Involvement
Donate goods and services in these categories
Big Romance Give Day:
Dinners for two, spa entry, massages, dessert, movie, theater, tour tickets jewelry, flowers.
Home and Nest Give Day:
Furniture shopping, house bling, dog/cat, pet supplies, groceries, takeout.
Big Adventure Give Day:
Sports shopping spree, rafting, zipping, hiking, vouchers, bike equipment rentals, tickets.
TBA Give Day:
Bring your ideas and creativity!
For additional information please contact:
(828) 251-1333 ext 143