The core program of Bountiful Cities that teaches best practices for healthy sustainable agriculture systems. We work with communities together teaching and learning basic sustainable agriculture skills. These skills include: soil science, soil fertility, use of tools, compost, pest management, beneficial insects, crop rotation, site planning and overall community building. Bountiful Cities would like to increase funding in this program to offer a series of programs/workshops in the multiple garden sites that would give comprehensive skills on more specific topics such as composting, soil fertility importance, medicinal & culinary herbs, mushroom inoculation, canning and the importance’s of community building and celebration.
A successful after and summer program for youth age k-5th grade, with a math and science based curriculum, and interfaces with the gardens. The program introduces youth to the cultivation of fruits and vegetables, teaching them a wide variety of sustainable urban agriculture skills, and exposing them to current urban ag projects around the city.
Grass to Greens is a program of Bountiful Cities providing fee-based edible landscaping and consulting services. We transform yards and gardens into beautiful landscapes using ecological design, permaculture principles, and natural, chemical-free gardening methods. Serving everyone from tenants to property owners to commercial clientele, we specialize in perennial plant installations, and work with clients to help them realize their vision for sustainable landscapes in the sun or in the shade. Grass to Greens works with other programs within Bountiful Cities to promote and actualize the larger mission of the organization.
A network that provides financial, community, and education support for 30+ gardens in Buncombe County. The network meets every month for potluck meetups with educational workshops or rotating garden workdays as a way of building relationships between gardens across the county. The network can apply for grants on behalf of the all the gardens to improve economic stability of community gardening, resulting in shared resources such as the Tool Library and Seed Library. The Community Garden Network is also part of the Urban Agriculture Alliance, a coalition to address challenges to food sovereignty in Asheville.
Our hands on cooking and garden programs aim to increase the number of students in Buncombe County who grow, prepare and eat fresh produce as a part of their daily lives. Increasing exposure to gardening and cooking, alongside our hands-on learning experiences connected to the Common Core Standards, will not only allow for increased academic learning but can foster a connection between school, home environment and personal nutrition. Our students develop improved critical thinking skills and carry the knowledge of growing and eating healthy foods with them throughout their lives.