Community Garden Network Newsletter October 2018

We want to give a big thank you to everyone who came out to our Community Network Celebration Dinner on September the 8th, to Chef Gene Ettison for catering the event, and to Miles Boone for providing us with the music for the night. As well as to all of the sponsors and those who made generous donations such as Asheville GreenWorks, Southside Arts and Agriculture Center, HomeGrown, Herbiary, Sovereign Remedies, French Broad Food Co-op, Reems Creek Nursery, Inc., Sow True Seed, and more. Thank you all for making the night a special one!

Thank you Emily Bradley for taking all the wonderful pictures at our Celebration Dinner. You can find more of her work at: or






Upcoming Community Garden Network Events

Fermenting Food for Beginners: A Free Workshop

WHEN? Thursday, October 25th from 5-7pm

WHERE? Shiloh Community Garden (59 Hampton St, Asheville, NC)

For our community garden network educational workshop for the month of October, we’re partnering up with with Jenny Eby and Sarah Archer for a hands-on workshop where you’ll be able to learn the practical uses and healing powers of fermented foods.. Many tasty, everyday foods we consume are fermented, including chocolate, yogurt, sauerkraut, and bread. A discussion will be held around the science behind the art, and the health benefits of this powerful ancient practice while learning how to prepare homemade ferments safely from home.

This is a free event. Find more info & RSVP on the FB event page:

Any questions regarding the event please contact Jenny at [email protected]

Fall Garden Party at the Vance Elementary Peace Garden

WHEN? Thursday, October 25th from 5-7pm

WHERE? Vance Elementary School Peace Garden (98 Sulphur Springs Rd, Asheville, NC)

Come out for a Fall Garden Party at the Vance Elementary School Peace Garden on Thursday 10/25 from 5-7 pm. This is event is put on by Jordan Diamond and there will be food (donations accepted but not required), kids activities including crafts, a cider press, and a hay pit, as well as displays of student ecology projects. It is a fun time for the whole family, and we invite people from other gardens and our community to join us!


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.

Tell your friends!

Food Policy Council

Food Waste Reduction & Recovery – Quarterly Meeting

WHEN? Monday, October 15th from 5:30-7:30pm

WHERE? Roots and Fruits Market & Cafe (151 S Ridgeway Ave, Black Mountain, NC)

FREE and open to the public, new folks interested in learning more and getting involved are welcome.

Lights snacks will be provided, food and beverages available for purchase from Roots & Fruits market.

More info can be found on FB:


Double Up Food Bucks

SNAP/ EBT users can double their dollars up to $20 a day by purchasing local produce at the French Broad Food Coop and the West Village Market. Read more here.

Communication Reminder

I want to give a reminder to use the listserv to communicate between gardens – let’s stay in touch with each other more and make posts on the garden network listserv that pertain to gardening and may be beneficial to members in our community.

Also, Thanks to the local Whole Foods Market (Greenlife – located at 70 Merrimon Ave) for raising $500 that was donated to us at the “Giving Grill” they hosted on September 8th

* Last, but not least I want to end this month’s newsletter with some beauty from the Elder and Sage Community Garden taken by garden member Wanda Lovejoy.