Community Garden Network Newsletter December 2018

December 2018

There’s not a lot going on in the community garden world for December, but we are planning to host a 2018 Celebration/2019 New Year Kick off sometime in January (more details to come soon, so be on the lookout!)

Support the Community Garden Network by making a year end donation today!

Community Garden Network Spotlights

Hall Fletcher Elementary Garden

Summer Whelden from the Hall Fletcher Elementary Garden is looking for people who are interested in sharing their culture through food. In January, Hall Fletcher Elementary will be hosting their international passport where individuals will bring in a dish from their (or their ancestors’) homeland as they learn about that place or part of the world in preparation of their visit. If anyone has a special recipe that they’d like to cook and share please contact Summer at [email protected]

The Lords Acre

(Left to Right – Ali, Janice, Susan Sides, Gabe)

Janice Brewer will become The Lord’s Acre full-time Garden Manager (promoted from assistant) starting in January.

Ali Stone, a 2018 TLA intern, has accepted the part-time Programs Coordinator position starting in January.

Gabriel Whitlock, a 2018 TLA intern, will be going on a bike tour from Asheville to Little Rock, Arkansas to attend the Southern Sustainable Agriculture Working Group (SSAWG) Conference. He is looking for friends of friends of friends to stay will along the way and will be hosting a blog and conversations at Libraries, etc., along the way to talk about the Gardens That Give network in AVL and about TLA. Here is a list of places along the way he is looking for contacts.  Please reach him at [email protected]

Salem, South Carolina

Georgia Cities: Alto, Lula, Gainsville, Smyrna, Cedartown

Alabama Cities: Gadsen, Cullman, Winfield

Pontotoc and Marks, Mississippi

Clarendon and Little Rock, Arkansas


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 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 and then let Isa know when you return them, and he will check out and check in the items borrowed on our My Turn account. You can reach Isa by cell (828) 222-3236 and email: [email protected]

Grass to Greens

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.

Other Community Events

Organic Growers School

Holistic Financial Planning 2-Day Workshop

When: January 21st & 22nd, 2019, 9-5pm

Where: Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy Community Farm, 180 Mag Sluder Rd. Alexander, NC 28701

Cost: $75 per person, or $120 for two farm business partners ($60 each). We strongly encourage farm business partners to attend together. Lunch is included on both days.

Register here:

Holistic Financial Planning comes out of the theories and methods behind Holistic Management, a whole farm planning and decision-making framework that helps farmers take into account their triple bottom line – their economic, environmental, and social viability. It is a fantastic workshop that has not been offered in our region before and could be a game-changer for how you think about your farm finances.  Space is limited. There is a short application process to ensure attendees are prepared for the class.

Meet Cree Bradley, the instructor, here:

Navigating Farm Labor: How to Structure Labor on the Small Farm

Come join Organic Growers School in learning how to Navigate Farm Labor!

This workshop will showcase how to structure labor on a small farm through the eyes of established regional farmers. This is a great workshop to attend if you have been farming and are looking to take your farm to the next level by bringing on additional labor support. Legal and financial considerations will be highlighted and discussed to better understand which labor structure best fits your farming model.

Date: Tuesday, February 12th 2019

Time: 4:00PM-8:30PM

Location: The Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy Incubator Farm at 180 Mag Sluder Road, Alexander, NC

Cost: $40 per person (lunch included). $30 for Apprentice Link Farms, Farm Beginnings® Graduates, and WNC CRAFT members.

Meet the instructors:

Register here:

RSVP to the Facebook Event:

Soul & Soil Sundays

Starting in November, Soul & Soil are inviting people to join them as they lay the grounds for a new garden in their home-space at Smith Mill Works, located by the pond. They are creating a Resiliency Learning Space to host field trips next year, and this garden will be a part of that, along with the pond environment and their studio-greenhouse.