March Community Garden Newsletter

                                                         
March recap 
 
Organic Grower’s School 24th Spring Conference was March 11-12, two days jam packed of workshops with topics ranging from cooking to soil to pollinators and more! There was also a tent to allow local agriculture businesses and organizations to connect with conference attendees.  

What’s going on with the Community Garden Network?
  • The seed library is now open to all community gardens, with the purpose of creating an accessible source of seeds to gardens as well as promoting seed saving in our community, a critical aspect of building sustainable local food systems. The seed library is at the Burton St. Community Centner. Check out the seed saving workshop in the Upcoming Events section! 
  • Multiple gardens have been hard at work with infrastructure projects such as irrigation systems, tool sheds, and road side stands. This was made possible through a grant from Mission Hospital. 
  • We’ve purchased more equipment for the Tool Library, including a jig saw, tiller, wood chipper/leaf mulcher, mushroom innoculation tool, weed eater, and more! You can check out our inventory here. (To be updated in the next few days) 
  • We had a great workday at the WECAN garden this past weekend, with members of five different gardens helping out to build potato towers, new beds, and a vertical garden. 
 
 Upcoming events
 
Free seed saving workshop with Sow True Seed. April 4, 6-8 pm, UNCA.
 
Earth Day Film and Panel Discussion: April 22, 5:30-9 pm, Lenoir Rhyne University. Screening of Seed: The Untold Story (featuring Vandana Shiva)  
Women in Agriculture Spring Gathering– April 29th, 5-8 pm, Dr. John Wilson Garden. Fb event.
 
Food and Farming Disaster Resilience training: May 20th, location TBA. This training will focus on climate change preparedness, community food, supporting farmers in times of disaster, impact on low wealth populations, and more! Contact [email protected] for more info. 
 
Mushroom Cultivation Class: Asheville Fungi (great local business that support community gardens) hosts this class the second Sunday of every month. The next one is April 9th, costs $35 and you leave with an inoculated bale of hay. Check out their website for more info. 
 
Grass to Greens
  An edible landscaping business supporting Bountiful Cities’ work
 
Grass To Greens has been busy working with the FEAST program in the school gardens at Hall Fletcher, Francine Delany New School, and Vance Elementary. We are doing garden design, weed control, bed installations, pruning and transplanting. Our work will support the FEAST educators at each location, the parents and volunteers who donate time to the gardens, and the community that is offered the bounty from these gardens. FEAST offers programs to educate children about nutritious food preparation and gardening skills. We are able to contribute to these schools and FEAST via a grant from Mission Hospital. Learn more about FEAST and their programs: http://feastasheville.com/