June Community Garden Network Newsletter

Thanks so much to everyone who came out to the Animal Husbandry Workshop at the Haw Creek Commons Community Garden last month. They recently joined our garden network and this was a way for us to give them a warm welcome. The workshop was taught by Sunil Patel, and focused on Animal Husbandry in an urban setting. (Photos from May 1st)

  

 

Upcoming Community Garden Network Events

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Emma Garden Workday

WHERE? Emma Elementary (37 Brickyard Rd, Asheville, NC 28806)

WHEN? June 18th from 6-8pm

Join us for an upcoming workday at the Emma Community Garden to help them get ready for the growing season.

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Pisgah View Garden Workday

WHERE? Pisgah View Community Peace Garden (Granada St 1, Asheville, North Carolina 28806)

WHEN? June 30th from 11am-1pm

Join us for a workday at the Pisgah View Peace Garden.

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Summer Weed N Feed Workdays

WHERE? Vance Elementary Peace Garden (98 Sulphur Springs Rd, Asheville, NC 28806)

WHEN? Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9 am- 12 pm

Come help tend the garden and take home produce! All ages welcome (they have a kiddie pool!)

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Summer Harvest Parties

Tune into the Vance Elementary Peace Garden Facebook page to see when we will have harvest parties to enjoy the bounty of greens, berries, and pears in the garden!

NEXT MONTH

Join Chris Link of SAHC and Chris McWhorter of WP Law, irrigation specialists, to look at one local community garden in the Bountiful Cities network as a case study. We will discuss advantages and disadvantages of various system designs to get your questions answered!

This workshop is Free and open to the public; everyone is welcome!

Location: Shiloh Community Garden in Bountiful Cities Community Garden Network — 59 Hampton Street, Asheville, NC 28803

Register online now HERE

Questions: Contact Chris Link at [email protected] or 828.490.2565. Rain or shine.

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Services

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 48 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

Just a reminder that Bountiful Cities runs a small edible landscaping business called Grass to Greens. This program was created as a means to financially support the work of Bountiful Cities! Please spread the word that Grass to Greens is taking on clients for the following projects:

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

Look for the blue shipping container! Space is very limited so please Sign Up by going HERE or calling 828-490-2565!

Looking to launch or expand your farming business? Now accepting applications for the 2018-2019 class of Organic Growers’ School’s Farm Beginnings® Farmer Training Program!

Many skills are required to start a successful farm: passion, clear goals, production experience, financial and marketing know-how, and more. The Farm Beginnings® class is a 12-month training session that helps beginning farmers clarify their goals and strengths, establish a strong enterprise plan and start building their operation. The course uses a mix of farmer-led classroom sessions, on-farm tours, and an extensive farmer network. Farm Beginnings® is designed for new and prospective farmers who want to plan a profitable farm business. Students do not need to currently own land, but some farming or production experience is helpful to get the most out of the class. Scholarships are available. This year’s class will be held in Polk County, NC. Please see the website for details.

Announcements

The Veterans Healing Farm recently got flooded out and completely ruined due to all the rain over the past month, I was informed they may be in the process of looking for plant starts, so they don’t have to start everything over with seeds. Here is an article about it, and they have been updating their Instagram about it. I know they are in Henderson Co. and not Buncombe, so they are not directly in our network, but I wanted to shine a little light on their situations anyways in case anyone is able or willing give them some assistance.

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.

Thank you all!