March 2019 Community Garden Network Newsletter

Thanks so much to everyone who came out to the Backyard Plant Medicine workshop on February 28th taught by Molly Clay, in collaboration with the wonderful folks at the Elder and Sage Community Gardens. Check out some of the photos from the event:



 Events & Announcements 

Cultivating Abundance Year Round, Four Season Food Production and Preservation

WHEN? Thursday, March 28th from 2-6pm

WHERE? St. Paul’s Missionary Baptist Church (170 Fayetteville St, Asheville, NC 28806)

Looking to extend your harvest and eat from your garden throughout the year? In this class we’ll explore every season in the garden and how to build a plan that helps to maximize our yield and minimize our efforts. We’ll also be exploring seed starting, crop planning, companion planting, food preservation, and pest management with plants. This workshop will be taught by Alex Bergdahl. Come plan your garden with us and support the Vine community garden in doing so. We hope to see you there!

Garden Workday at Isaac Dickson Elementary

WHEN? Saturday, March 16th from 10:30am-12pm

WHERE? 125 Hill St, Asheville, NC 28801

If you are able to join us please contact me: [email protected] or (828) 222-3236.

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

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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!

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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”

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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

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 workshops will take place on Tuesdays, 6PM-7:30PM, Individuals are welcome to drop in for one or attend all of these  workshops.

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.

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For additional information on these workshops and other GreenWorks’ events, please visit

Plant Pass-Along

WHEN? Saturday, March 30th from 10am-2 pm

WHERE? 662 Haywood Road (the empty lot across from Ingles)

“Spring is coming at last!  Gardeners all over town are poking their heads out, shaking off their gloves, looking for extra pots so they can dig and divide plants to give away. It’s TIME again for the West Asheville Garden Stroll’s Plant Pass-Along!

All Welcome! Bring plants of  all kinds to share, seeds too, labelled if possible. It’s NOT required to bring something to get something. We will have LOTS.

AND if you are community minded and love gardens, consider becoming part of our organizing committee.  We have a streamlined process and are a friendly bunch. No stress. First meeting is in April in the West Asheville library community room. Date will be posted soon. The 11th annual stroll will be 9/14/19.”



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.