February 2019 Community Garden Network Newsletter

Thanks so much to Katey Rudd (garden manager at the Haw Creek Commons Community Garden) for allowing us to host our CGN Celebration/Pollinators Workshop in their lovey co-working space last month. I would also like to send a warm welcome to Ricky Manning our presenter, and to everyone who attended our first workshop of 2019 and helped us kickoff the year with a great start!


We gave away Bee Houses as door prizes, shared challenge and success stories over yummy food, and learned a ton of valuable information on bees and other pollinators.

Community Garden Network Events: 

Backyard Plant Medicine Workshop

WHEN? Thursday, February 28th from 5-7pm

WHERE? Battery Square Apartments (1 Battle Sq, Asheville, North Carolina 28801)

Our next Free Community Garden Network Workshop will he on the top floor of the Battery Park Apartments (across the street from the Elder and Sage Community Gardens.) The workshop will be taught by Molly Clay with assistance from Isa Whitaker. 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/824012791268683/

The Lords Acre Welcome Back Party


Facebook Event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/681028205661497/

Elder & Sage Community Gardens is appreciative of their perennial volunteer Coleman Smith for his skill and labor extending their paths to make the gardens accessible to all. Thanks so much for all you do Coleman!



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 Grass to Greens for your edible & native Landscaping needs!

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 

Displaying  Farm Dreams Workshops

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Arthur R. Edington Education and Career Center

133 Livingston St., Asheville, NC 28801 Google Map

Dreaming of starting your own farm? Farm Dreams is an entry-level, day-long workshop designed to help people who are seeking practical, common-sense information on sustainable farming and how to move forward. This is a great workshop to attend if you are in the exploratory stages of starting a farm.  In this one-day, exploratory workshop participants will…

Learn about sustainable farming careers in Western North Carolina.

Discover and assess your resources, skills and farming intentions.

Begin to develop an educational plan toward farming.

Connect with regional training opportunities and support networks.

Prioritize your next steps toward your farming goals.

Hear from experienced farmers running successful farms in WNC.

Register here/links to tickets: www.organicgrowersschool.org/farmers/farm-dreams

Facebook events: https://www.facebook.com/events/2256691274551847/ and https://www.facebook.com/events/2190849141166821/

Community Gardens for Good with Isa Whitaker

Date: Sat. March 9th & Sun. March 10th

Time: 11am-12:30pm

Isa Whitaker, Community Garden Network Coordinator at Bountiful Cities, will be teaching a class at this year’s Organic Growers School Spring Conference.

Discover the assets of community gardens and their power to encourage good physical and mental health, strengthen community, and engage youth. Learn how Isa has used Hip-Hop as a way to bring awareness to the importance of having a connection with nature and getting youth to think outside the box.

Register/Volunteer for the Organic Growers School Spring Conference

Date: March 8-10, 2019

NEW Location: Mars Hill University, 100 Athletic St, Mars Hill, NC 28754

Cost: $59 for Saturday, $49 for Sunday: Early Bird Registration by January 31st. Registration is an additional $15 after January 31st and at the door. We also have a robust volunteer program that can get you into the weekend for free!

The Organic Growers School’s Spring Conference offers practical, regionally-appropriate workshops on organic growing, permaculture, homesteading, urban farming, and rural living plus a trade show, seed exchange, raffle, special guests, and pre-conference, on-farm events. More than 150 workshops over the three days including Community Food, Cooking, Earth Skills, Beginning Farmers, Advanced Farmers, Gardening, Herbs, Homesteading, Livestock, Mushrooms, Permaculture, Pollinators, Poultry, Soil, Sustainable Forestry, and Sustainable Living.

Registration: https://organicgrowersschool.org/conferences/spring/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/424536731414226/

Volunteer: https://organicgrowersschool.org/conferences/spring/volunteer/


Asheville GreenWorks, the organization working to preserve and protect Asheville’s urban forest and rivers through waste reduction and recycling, tree planting, litter cleanup projects, and educational programming, is excited to announce a new lineup of free tree workshops. In an effort to protect Asheville’s trees from damage and removal, the community events will convey the value of urban forests and teach best care practices.

Beginning February 19 and running through March 28, GreenWorks will host two series of six workshops. The first series will take place on Tuesdays, 6PM-7:30PM, and will cover basic concepts about tree pruning, planting, biology and tree care and management.  Individuals are welcome to drop in for one or attend all six of these Tuesday workshops.

February 19 – Benefits of Tree Keeping

February 26 – “Trees 101”

March 5 – Tree Establishment, Planting and Maintenance

March 12 – Proper Pruning and Choosing an Arborist

March 19 – Maintenance Requirements for Urban Trees

March 26 – Tree Protection in Asheville

The second series of workshops are for individuals who are interested in becoming Neighborhood Tree Keepers, serving in an ongoing role as a resource on trees in their communities. This training series will take place on Thursdays, 6pm-8pm, and will cover advanced principles of tree biology, planting, risk assessment, care and maintenance and tree protection during construction. Participants are required to attend all six workshops to be eligible for a mini-grant for a neighborhood tree project in the spring. The first Neighborhood Tree Keeper workshop is on Thursday, February 21, 2019

Facebook Event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/529656474110406/

For additional information on these workshops and other GreenWorks’ events, please visit www.ashevillegreenworks.org/events.


How to Grow and Use Culinary Herbs

WHEN? Saturday, February 23rd from 10:30am-12pm

WHERE? Sow True Seed (243 Haywood St, Asheville, North Carolina 28801)

A discussion of what Culinary herbs grow well in our area and ways to think about how, where and why to plant them in your garden. Presenter Michael Rayburn will talk about more unique herbs you may not have considered.

Note: this will not be discussion about medical herbs or medicinal uses of herbs.

Facebook Event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/795843857435105/



Facebook Event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/2208214459427823/


Zooming Out: Our Place in the Conservation Cosmos

with Jay Erskine Leutze, Author of: Stand Up that Mountain: The Battle to Save One Small Community in the Wilderness Along the Appalachian Trail

Sunday, February 17, 4:00 p.m.

Kittredge Theatre


– Register Now!

 Calling Local Farmers and Food Entrepreneurs: Request for Presenters!

Does your farm or local food enterprise currently need capital? Would you like to share your project that needs financing at an upcoming Slow Money NC Gathering in Asheville, Charlotte or Durham?  If so, please complete a Borrower Information Form and you will be contacted to discuss your project and presentation.

Slow Money NC Gatherings:

Asheville, Saturday, February 23rd, 5-7pm at The Wedge Brewery at Foundation, 5 Foundry Street

Charlotte, Tuesday, March 12th, 6-8pm at Community Matters Café, 907 W. 1st Street

Durham, Wednesday, March 13, 6-8pm at Cocoa Cinnamon Lakewood, 2013 Chapel Hill Road

Since 2010, Slow Money NC has helped over 120 farmers and local food businesses in NC find financing from friends, relatives, neighbors, and people in the Slow Money network for various projects not easily financed by banks and other traditional sources. You can learn more about Slow Money NC at their website. For questions you can reach Slow Money NC at [email protected].


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.