2009

  • Created a board & hired a garden manager
  • Plowed and de-rocked just under ½ acre of land and put half of that into cover crop. Put up deer fencing.
  • Steve Norris builds shed from donated wood
  • Created a kids’ garden area
  • Franklin Sides installs irrigation
  • Hand dug 20 new beds
  • Received grants from Community Foundation of Western North Carolina (CFWNC) for fencing and tools and All Souls Food Booth grant for seeds and plant starts
  • Susan Sides – garden manager
  • Interns: Paul Horton & Philip Johnson
  • Grew & gave away 3 tons of fresh organic produce to Food For Fairview, our local community food pantry

 

2010

  • Became an official 501c3
  • Put another ½ acre of the garden into production
  • Added demonstration & herb garden areas
  • Joseph Malinak & Anthony Stokes create a beautiful website
  • Susan Sides – garden manager
  • Interns: Malika Nair, Freesia McKee, Kelley Hurst
  • Grew & gave away 4 tons of produce to Food for Fairview & extended our reach through Society of St. Andrews, a nation-wide food gleaning nonprofit organization

 

2011

  • Added a summer SPROUTS program to engage and educate children 3 – 8 years old & their parents
  • Significantly expanded our partnership with Warren Wilson College, working with faculty to teach as well as create curriculum-related student projects.
  • Developed a 12-week skills training program which would serve as the basis for our ongoing intern education initiative
  • Sought and were accepted for an AmeriCorps position – Cameron Farlow to lead a local community Food Survey
  • Received a grant from CFWNC for part of that AmeriCorps position
  • Received a grant from St. Eugene’s to finish a donated greenhouse frame
  • Created and began conducting a Community Food Survey
  • Started WNC Alliance of Gardens That Give – eventually changed to: Gardens That Give WNC – a group of gardens and other food security organizations that exists to support each other’s work and assist new gardens that give away food
  • Kelly Hurst – (garden manager training program)
  • Interns: Taylor Hooper, Sarah Gibson, Josh Boaz
  • Grew and gave away 8.5 tons of fresh food to Food for Fairview, The Fairview Welcome Table – a local pay-what-you-can-if-you-can community meal, The Veteran’s Restoration Center – a principle-based environment and comprehensive residential program that addresses every area of restoration in the life of a homeless veteran in the Asheville / Buncombe area, Society of St. Andrews and reaching more people in our local community and sharing with others in surrounding communities.

 

2012

  • Received a grant from All Souls towards building a walk-in cooler
  • Completed and disseminated Fresh Food Alternatives: Our Voice; Our Choice, a survey of food needs in our local community. We conducted personal interviews with Fairview farmers, food providers, pantry clients, and school workers; presented findings at public meetings and formed action groups. We were successful in getting 8% of the local community households to take the survey.
  • Created a new permaculture area
  • Franklin Sides tilled and cover-cropped a new field area outside garden fence.
  • Began a Capital Campaign to secure the full six acres of land we are on
  • We are featured in the book, Making Peace With the Land by Fred Bahnson & Norm Wirzba
  • Susan Sides – garden manager
  • Interns: Jessica Molina, Jill Metcalf, Emily Chiara, Owen Grooms
  • Grew & gave away 9.49 tons of organic produce to Food for Fairview, The Fairview Welcome Table, The Veteran’s Restoration Center, Help Mate- a women’s crisis shelter, Society of St. Andrews

 

2013

  • Began the Share-the-Harvest Market in Fairview, an experiment in backyard gardeners sharing excess garden produce with their community
  • Began planting in the new field area
  • Steve Norris built a new kiosk at the garden entrance for sharing information.
  • Created a Little Free Library at our new kiosk
  • Created a medicinal herb garden under the direction of Jackie Dobrinska with grants from Buncombe County and Jubilee. This garden’s purpose is to educate and create herbal salves and soaks to be given to diabetic food recipients
  • We were featured in a chapter of Fred Bahnson’s book, Soil & Sacrament.
  • Received a grant from CFWNC for a well, a walk in cooler and 1 month salary to support (see 2015) writing our Gardens That Give manual – a guidebook for others interested in starting gardens that give in their areas
  • Susan Sides – garden manager
  • Interns: Erica Hensley, Jason Grimes, Charlie Faires, Carson Whitmore, Claire Childs, Claire Solomon
  • Grew and gave away 8.5 tons (record setting rainfall) to Food for Fairview, Fairview Welcome Table, Share Market, Society of St. Andrews

 

2014

  • Dug a well and installed a walk-in cooler thanks to Community Foundation of WNC grant (CFWNC)
  • Began offering food to pantry clients in an outdoor market venue
  • Jon Strom – garden manager
  • Interns: Emily Hornsby – (garden manager training program)
  • Grew and gave away 10 tons of produce in and beyond the community in partnership with Food for Fairview, Fairview Welcome Table, Share Market, Society of St. Andrews, Green Opportunities – a culinary training program for people with barriers to employment

 

2015

  • Successfully completed capital campaign and leveraged funds in collaboration with the McClure Fund to secure ownership of an additional 3 acres of land for a total of 6 acres.
  • We grew ginger & turmeric in the new hoop house and it was extremely well-received by pantry clients
  • Matt Kessler conducted his senior thesis research (Warren Wilson) on Korean Natural Farming in four contour beds at the garden
  • Steve Norris built a beautiful equipment shed for our tractors, tillers, etc from reclaimed wood
  • We had 19 groups come out to work plus 5 groups come for a tour and a talk
  • Steve Norris & Said Abdulla built an outdoor dance floor to be used as a space for various community events
  • Published the Gardens That Give manual
  • Formed an Advisory Team to build leadership capacity and strengthen connections with the greater Asheville – Buncombe community
  • Nick Iway created a professional video about our work which we use to explain our work at workshops, in social media, and with potential grantors
  • Jen Rattigan – (garden manager training program)
  • Interns: Sarah Seldin, Mary Pearl Ivy, Casey Auch, Keith Powell, Danny Sziemple
  • Grew and donated 12 tons of produce to Food for Fairview, Fairview Welcome Table, Share Market, Green Opportunities, and continuing to support people facing issues of food security throughout the broader community

 

2016

  • TLA was featured nationally in The Mother Earth News magazine in an article by our chair – Pat Stone
  • TLA was featured in the book, The Way of Love by Norm Wirzba
  • Susan Sides (Garden Manager / ED) was awarded the Julian Price Award for doing exceptional and creative work in the nonprofit sector
  • Close to 500 people volunteered to work in the garden this year
  • Buncombe County Beekeepers installed three hives on the property to use for educational purposes
  • Steve Norris and crew of volunteers built intern bunk houses. Franklin Sides and crew of volunteers set up RV for intern kitchen & bath areas
  • Worked with Warren Wilson Interfaith Dialog class to bring community leaders and students of many beliefs to work and talk together at the garden
  • Susan Sides – garden manager
  • Interns: Full season – Jackson Zimmerman, Hannah Dinely, Kevin Todd, Daniel Szemple, Jeremy Boaz
  • Grew and donated 7.19 tons (severe drought year) to Food for Fairview, Fairview Welcome Table, Share Market, Green Opportunities, and entered a new partnership with Bounty & Soul – providing fresh healthy food, nutrition literacy and health and wellness resources for our neighbors in need

 

Eagle Scout Projects

2011

  • David Cobb – Aldo Leopold benches

 
2012

  • Jack Bruns – Kid’s playground / fence / benches

 
2013

  • I. B. Brown – cedar chicken coop

 
2014

  • Will Baldwin – permaculture area

 
2015

  • Walker Mims – Children’s tool shed
  • Alex VanDalen – picnic tables, children’s garden beds
  • Max Gompers – chicken run
  • Jonathan Tokay – Share-the-Harvest stand

 
2016

  • Caleb Field – new wash tables
  • Hudson Cobb – hobbit house
  • Evan Fisher – expansion of front kiosk
  • Kendall Davis – fire pit