The Lord’s Acre Sprouts program has started! These are images from the first day of sprouts this year. They pulled up spinach and planted watermelon. And oh yeah, they munched their way through the garden!
The Square Dance and Silent Auction Fund Raiser was held out at Hickory Nut Farm this year – a site renowned for its family friendly atmosphere.
The folks at Hickory Nut Farm, The Lord’s Acre Board of Directors, the garden’s Interns, and lots of friendly volunteers created a wonderful place for the event. And everyone who came brought food to share. We all had a lot of fun and fellowship and, of course, dancing! (photos by Sarah Elizabeth Malinak)
Getting The Barn Ready
The Big Event!
Saturday, June 7th 2014
9:00am – 1:00pm
Several years ago local gardens that grow and give away food to those in need began to network with each other and formed Gardens That Give WNC. We are a group of volunteers, garden managers, and other participants representing community gardens throughout Western NC that have one main thing in common: we grow food for donation.
Our mission is to support each others’ success through the sharing of resources, experience and knowledge as well as to support the start up of other Gardens that Give. You may have considered starting such a garden or perhaps you’re curious about our very different ways of doing this work. No matter why you come out we guarantee you’ll be inspired.
Anyone can come to the gardens in any order between 9:00am – 1:00pm and donate at the first garden you visit. You will then get a pass that will let you into all the other gardens that day. Suggested donation $5/person and $25/vehicle.
PLEASE share the word. We have posters and information to share with individuals, churches, schools, and anyone who wants to see what we’re all up to or who is considering starting a Garden-that-Gives.
Gardens That Give WNC on facebook:
List of Public Tour Gardens
Grace Covenant Community Garden, 798 Merrimon Avenue, Asheville, NC 28804 Nancy Hogan email@example.com and Terri March Terri.March@buncombecounty.org are the contacts
The Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church Community Garden is a three season garden spanning the months of spring, summer and fall. The garden is planned, planted, tended and harvested by vested gardeners from Grace Covenant church and from nearby neighborhoods. The garden is nurtured by 5 teams who work on an alternate basis with 2 teams minding the garden each week, the 5th team tends the herbs. About 75% of the vegetables produced by the garden are donated to community agencies and organizations who work to ease the pains of those who are hungry and in need of better nutrition. http://www.gcpcusa.org/#/our-community-garden
The Kenilworth Church Giving Garden, at Kenilworth Church, 123 Kenilworth Rd. Asheville 28803. Katie Adams is the contact person. firstname.lastname@example.org
The Kenilworth Church Giving Garden is an urban farm to table initiative to serve the clients of Loving Food Resources. Loving Food Resources serves patients living with HIV/AIDS and anyone in hospice care in all seventeen WNC counties. It is our hope that by growing and distributing nutritious food from the same location more hungry people will be served. The garden was founded in 2011 and is tended by church and community members.
You will also be able to tour a garden that clients of the food pantry maintain. Clients of LFR are able to participate in growing healthy foods for themselves and other pantry clients under the supervision of a volunteer dietician. Clients enjoy growing and trying new foods that help meet their dietary needs.
The Lord’s Acre, 26 Joe Jenkins Road, Fairview, NC 28730. Susan Sides is the contact person: email@example.com or 828-628-3688
The Lord’s Acre began in 2009 with a group of concerned citizens who wanted to provide fresh food for their local food pantry. Since then we’ve expanded our acreage under production, trained 19 interns, added a SPROUTS program for young children, offer creative ways for folks to do service in their community, conducted a community food survey, began a Share-the-Harvest market, provide our local Welcome Table with food, and more. Our motto is: “There are many types of hunger. Everyone is hungry for something. Everyone has something to give.” It’s our hope to create and inspire innovative ways of bringing community together around food and gardening, thereby strengthening neighbor-to-neighbor bonds that will provide a lasting solution to hunger. www.thelordsacre.org
The Sand Hill Community Garden, is located at the Buncombe County Sports Park on Sand Hill School Road. Elaine Sargent is the contact person: e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org phone: 828-808-2645
The mission of Sand Hill Community Garden is to share in garden space, knowledge, and labor with all members of the community. Using organic growing practices we promote community health and wellness by providing fresh produce for garden members and local people in need of food. The garden is sponsored by Buncombe County Parks, Greenways and Recreation and is located at the Buncombe County Sports Park on Sand Hill School Road. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Sand-Hill-Community-Garden/398036656887147
Swannanoa Community Garden, Clover Lane, Swannanoa, NC (off Lake Eden Rd, Black Mountain, NC) Sandy Drake email@example.com and Maureen Dillow firstname.lastname@example.org are the contacts at this garden.
The Swannanoa Community Garden started in March of 2013. It is sponsored and managed by the non-profit group Friends and Neighbors of Swannanoa (FANS). It’s was through the efforts of Sandy Drake working closely with the county for almost a year that made the community garden not just a dream but a reality. The garden is located on county property on Clover Lane in Swannanoa near Owen High School. The garden has been a community service work site for many Warren Wilson students. Other volunteers have come from Ridgecrest and Camp Rockmont. Some of our produce has gone to the food pantry and Welcome Table at Swannanoa Methodist Church. We have been lucky enough to have access to a nearby apple orchard, which needs some TLC but produced bushels of delicious apples last fall. http://www.swannanoafans.org/community-garden-2/
Dr. John Wilson Community Garden, Dr. John Wilson Community Garden is located at 99 White Pine Drive, Black Mountain, NC 28711 Contacts: Diana McCall, Garden Supervisor, email@example.com
828-337-8932 or Jill Edwards, Health Services Programs Administrator
Started in 2004 by town resident Dr. John Wilson on town owned property, the community garden strives to share fresh produce with families in need, provide growing space for the community, and educate all ages on the benefits of growing and eating fresh produce. In addition to the area used for annual vegetable production, the garden maintains a medicinal and native species trail, mushroom forest, and nearly 100 fruit and nut trees and shrubs. http://www.nccgp.org/garden_directory/information/dr.-john-wilson-community-garden
Home Grown Garden, at the Black Mountain Home for Children, Youth & Families, at 80 Lake Eden Road, Black Mountain, NC 28711 Ann Kieffer is the contact person: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Home Grown Garden is a nearly one-acre community garden located on former farmland at the Black Mountain Home. The garden was founded in 2011 and is operated by volunteers from area churches and the community. A team of lead gardeners takes turns directing volunteers on Saturday mornings from early spring through early fall. The goals of Home Grown Garden are to provide fresh, organic vegetables for use at the Home, to serve neighbors in need through donations to local food banks and other organizations that distribute food, to educate youth about growing and eating healthy, local foods, and to increase volunteers’ gardening skills.
Loaves & Fishes 297 Haywood St, Asheville, NC 28801 (Downtown Asheville area across from Hunter Volvo on Patton Haywood Street Congregation Church is an old small red brick church The Love and Fishes Garden is behind the church) Contact person is Lynne Michael @ email@example.com
The ‘Love and Fishes Bountiful Garden’ is a sacred space where folks come together for a common purpose — to make fresh, organic produce available to all who gather at the Downtown Welcome Table and those visiting Haywood Street who have limited access to fresh produce. Barriers that commonly divide people from different backgrounds or with different life circumstances disappear when they work side by side in the garden. Strangers quickly become friends. It is in these unlikely friendships that we catch glimpses of God’s kingdom!