April 2019 Community Garden Network Newsletter

April 2019

Thanks so much to everyone who came our first intensive workshop last month at The Vine Community Garden.There was an abundance of information shared and seeds planted to assist Mr. Anderson with the beginning of the spring season. Prior to the event, co-manager of Grass To Greens, Alex Bergdahl (who taught the workshop) and members of Grass To Greens built an awesome hoop house for the garden! See pictures of the event and hoop house below


Community Garden Network Events & Announcements

Potluck Meetup/Soil Building Workshop

WHEN? Saturday, April 27th from 4:30-6:30pm

WHERE? 408 Pearson Dr., Asheville, NC

Join us for a community garden network potluck dinner as well as a mini-workshop on Soul Building taught by Sunil Patel of Patchwork Urban Farms. Please bring a dish to share, and come ready learn. Please contact Isa by email: [email protected] to let us know if you’ll need childcare or interpretation. Hope to see you there!!

Facebook Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/282461436013251/

Pollinator Mini Workshop/Workday at Elder & Sage

WHEN? Wednesday, April 27th from 4:30-6:30pm

WHERE? 37 Page Ave, Asheville, NC

Photo source: https://www.stetson.edu/other/gillespie-museum/vse/pollinator-project.php

We’ll be hosting a workday/mini workshop at the Elder & Sage Community Gardens next week, where we will be working with members of the garden on their already established pollinator garden as well as helping to expand their garden. The workshop will be taught and facilitated by Ricky Manning of Lick Log Branch Apiaries.

Please contact Isa by email: [email protected] to let us know if you’ll need childcare or interpretation. We hope to see you there!!

Facebook Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1911475785624611/

Honoring Susan & 10 years of TLA

Tonight from 6-8pm there will be an appreciation party for Susan Sides, the garden guru at The Lord’s Acre for the past 10 years who is going on sabbatical.

Here are some words from Susan:  “For ten years more, I’ve been doing work I passionately love and believe in at The Lord’s Acre – thanks to you. This spring I’ll be taking a sabbatical to do something I love even more, helping care for our first grandchild. Over time, people have associated me with The Lord’s Acre. I don’t. I associate it with all of you. I realized then that I have been a garden conductor. I had a vision for what needed to be done to create something meaningful and found people who were far more talented than I to work together to make it possible. For ten years I have watched this vision come to life, thanks to the thousands of folks who have donated, volunteered, or worked on the board – all doing things I’m not the least bit capable of. It’s been an honor and a gift to share this vision and watch you – watch everyone together – make it a reality.”  Come out and wish Susan well on her next endeavors.

Hall Fletcher Elementary Garden Annual Plant Sale

WHEN? May 14-15 from 3-6pm

WHERE? 60 Ridgelawn Rd. 28806

Hall Fletcher will have a 2-day annual plant sale. Save the date!

BeLoved Asheville Love Your Mama: Earth Day Workday & Egg Hunt

WHEN? Sunday, April 21st from 1-5pm

WHERE? 39 Grove St., Asheville, NC

A big community work day to kick start the season at our Grove Street and the Elder and Sage Gardens downtown (BeLoved is the main community partner of this garden)!

Come out on this Earth Day weekend to be the change! Bring veggies plants, gloves, gardening tools for planting!  Bring your carpentry skills and help finish the ramp for friends in wheelchairs to garden at the Elder and Sage Gardens. We will finish the day sharing about our BeLoved Tiny Home Village and the work of Human and Environmental Sustainability for that project and some tiny art making!  This is a kid-friendly project!

Meet at 1 pm  at BeLoved 39 Grove Street to begin the day working on the Grove Street Gardens! We will have an Easter egg hunt in the garden! We will be moving to the Elder and Sage Garden on Page Ave downtown at 2:30 pm

In the midst of a rapidly gentrifying City, in the midst of the concrete and asphalt, we build gardens. In vacant, broken, and barren spaces, we practice resurrection! In the face of climate change, we work for sustainability. In the midst of food deserts for our elders, we plant food. In the face of a segregated society, we build community!

Facebook Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/817928258569013/?ti=cl

Immigration Justice Youth Art Exhibition & Talk Back

WHEN? Sunday, April 21st from 1-5pm

WHERE? 10 North Market Street, Asheville, NC

Youth will exhibit art created on the theme of “Immigration Justice is Racial Justice.  No Hate. No Fear.” The evening will include a talk back with some of the artists led by BeLoved Asheville’s Ponkho Bermejo.

Works of art will include those selected from elementary and middle school students at Evergreen Community Charter School’s Stand Against Racism poster contest.

This event is in partnership with Evergreen Community Charter School and is among many community events being held for the YWCA of Asheville’s annual Stand Against Racism effort!

Facebook Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/514022839002618/

Here is the full list of Stand Against Racism events happening in North Carolina: https://standagainstracism.org/state/nc/

From the Shiloh Community Garden: “Green Opportunities’ Youth Build crew begins work on a project to bring water from a street side source to our outdoor kitchen. Funded with money donated by Bountiful Cities, this is one of several ways in which these aspiring young builders will be helping out at the garden over the next few weeks. Thanks GO! See”

Upcoming Events At Vance Elementary:

Thursday Weed N Feed Work Parties at Vance Peace Garden

WHAT? Potluck snack & work party

WHEN? Thursdays from 2:30- 4:00 pm, March 7- June 6

WHERE? Vance Elementary School Peace Garden

WHO? All are welcome!

This is a great way to be involved in the Vance Peace Garden, get your hands dirty, and build community! No green thumbs necessary, all are welcome! This event is not exclusive for families from the school.

2:30- 3:00 Potluck snack (Bring something to share!)

3:00- 4:00 Work party

Facebook Event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1298514950286266/

Spring Plant Sale

WHEN? Friday, May 10th from 8am- 4pm

WHERE? Vance Elementary School (98 Sulphur Springs Rd in West Asheville)

Come and join the Vance Elementary Peace Garden for their annual Spring Plant Sale. They will have a variety of annual and perennial flowers, herbs, and veggies, including Vance-grown peppers, tomatoes, eggplant, basil, dill, and squash. All proceeds go to the Vance Elementary Peace Garden, where kids learn about food from seed to plate!

Facebook Event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/2535427606501898/


The Seed Library & Tool Library

The Seed Library and Tool Library are free resources for our community and garden members to utilize, and also will accept reciprocity if you find yourself in the position of having extras. The seed library is located at the Burton St. Recreation Center at the end of the hallway to the left near the exit sign. The tool library is located at the Patchwork Urban Farms Pearson location (located at 408 Pearson Dr.) For those interested in borrowing items from the Tool Library contact Isa Whitaker directly prior to getting the item/s out of the library. You can reach Isa by email: [email protected]

Hire us for your edible & native Landscaping needs! We mean it when we call ourselves “Grass to Greens”



Services Offered:

Orchards • Pollinators • Natural Building • Water Management • Bioremediation • Agroforestry • Ecological Design • Installation • Edibles • Maintenance • Community Resilience

Email [email protected] for more info or call (828) 775-0614.

Shalom Children’s Center at the JCC is having a Plant Drive on April 22nd-28th to start collecting plant and seed donations for the Children’s Garden.  I was wondering if you would be able to please pass on our flyer and plant list to anyone who may be interested, or add to any mailing lists you have?  I have attached flyers (in two different sizes) with some of the plants we are looking for. Donations can be dropped off at the JCC, 236 Charlotte Street.


Spring Mountain Community Center will offer a Pollinators Garden & Honey Bee Class and discussion on April 20, 2019.

The class will run from 10am to Noon. Ricky Manning and Rose Bruce will be the speakers. They will discuss Native Pollinators and how important they are to our survival, the Food chain and the ecology of our planet.

Manning and Bruce will offer ways to help and what we can plant and do to benefit the pollinators. A tour of the community center property and discussion of future plans for a Pollinators Garden to add beauty to our homes and food for our little friends who work so hard is scheduled as part of the event.

The honey bee portion of the day will inform us about the struggles honey bees are experiencing currently. How we can help and what we can do as a husbandry of the bees will be offered. Did you know Honey Bees are considered livestock just the same as cows, horses, pigs and poultry in North Carolina?

Come out and learn some facts and gain knowledge of the fascinating world of bees. This is a free event. Hope to see you there. For more information on the presentations, call Ricky Manning, Lick Log Branch Apiaries at 828 275-2486.

Asheville Edibles: The City is now accepting applications for their Asheville Edibles program. As of 2018, Bountiful Cities has contracted with the City to manage this program. The program allows citizens to start edible gardens on parcels of City land located in various areas of town. There is no cost to lease the land. All you need are helping hands. More info/Applications available here.

Elder & Sage Community Gardens is the first garden group in the Asheville Edibles Program. They opened their gates on June 1, 2017 and have successfully utilized the space at 33-35 Page Avenue for the growing of food, pollinators and community.

The other sites available to apply for at this time are:

Carrier Park – 220 Amboy Road, Asheville NC 28806

Murray Hill – Bartlett Street, Asheville, NC 28801

Weaver Park – 200 Murdock Avenue, Asheville, NC 28804

Please contact Isa Whitaker by email: [email protected] for more information on how to participate.