Some folks only think of gardens as being work; but here at The Lord’s Acre we know that community is fun. And we’re building community as well as growing organic produce for those in need. Watch the short video below to see our garden community and friends have fun in The Great Potato Race fund raiser in 2010.
During tough times back in the 1930’s, our local farmers banded together, donating produce from one acre of their crops to help feed others in need. They called their project The Lord’s Acre. In these trying times, concerned volunteers have again united in support of our community to keep The Lord’s Acre vision alive!
The Lord’s Acre Inc is an exciting, unique Garden Project organized as a not for profit corporation. We are sponsored by local churches, businesses, our generous community and talented volunteers who have come together to help provide food for families in dire need.
The Lord’s Acre Inc grows fresh produce to provide nutritious food from a local, sustainable resource garden in support of our nonprofit food banks. With faith in our vision and in our community we serve by assisting families in need.
Every week, Food For Fairview and other non profit organizations in Western North Carolina supply food to many needy families. Not surprisingly, in these times, the need is growing. But, while the demand is up, food donations are down. More than ever, our food banks need help to feed the hungry in our community. You can help.
In our first year, 2009, The Lord’s Acre delivered over 3 tons of fresh, organic produce to our local food bank. This bountiful harvest was from only 1/4 of an acre in a short growing season.
We were deeply moved by the generous support of the Fairview community in donations of the money necessary to operate but also in donations of equipment, access to water, organic starts and seeds and, of course, the land for the garden originally provided by The Chapel Door.
Even with all that, we could not have succeeded without over 100 volunteers who came out at least once to be a part of this effort and who have created a community around and in the garden.
By 2016, we had delivered over 60 tons of produce in 8 short years to Food For Fairview, Fairview Welcome Table and the newly organized Open Market. Just as important we have developed a thriving volunteer community that has given thousands of hours of loving support and we have become a model for other gardens in WNC.
Those many donors, interns and volunteers have and are truly making The Lord’s Acre a community garden. Please join us in The Lord’s Acre community and in our effort to provide food to those in need!
In the growing season, our main volunteer times are Wednesday evenings from 6:00 – 8:00. If you can organize a group of five to ten people who want to work another day and time, please contact us and we’ll try to accommodate you.
To get on our volunteer / garden update email list, you can email us at:
or use our contact form located here.