Come to the West Asheville Garden Stroll this Saturday for a taste and purchase online between 9/13-9/19
Bountiful Cities is partnering with The Hop Handcrafted Ice Cream and the West Asheville Garden Stroll to raise funds for our important outdoor learning environment at the Hall Fletcher Elementary School FEAST Garden. The FEAST program of Bountiful Cities teaches hands-on gardening and cooking education to kids, providing practical skills that can support life-long food security.
On Saturday September 11th, The Hop will launch a new ice cream flavor Blueberry Purple Basil using produce from Bountiful Cities gardens. This new flavor will be rolled out at the West Asheville Garden Stroll. The Hop will donate a portion of proceeds from on-line sales to Bountiful Cities the following week, September 13-19th. To order online and support Bountiful Cities Sept. 13-19th go to: https://hopicecreamnc.com/online-store/
Bountiful Cities is partnering with East Fork Pottery for a Raffle Fundraiser!Today, Sunday August 15th we are launching a raffle for three collectible pieces of East Fork pottery. The raffle will last for three weeks with sales closing on Friday September 3rd. Winners will be chosen on Sunday September 5th 2021. Pottery can be viewed and tickets can be purchased on-line at BountifulCities.Org. Raffle tickets can also be purchased by emailing Cathy@BountifulCities.Org.
Buy Your Raffle Tickets HERE
Since 2000 Bountiful Cities has promoted social justice and food sovereignty through hands-on educational programming, policy work, coalition building, urban agriculture installation, and community gardens. Working primarily in Asheville and Buncombe County, Bountiful Cities envisions abundant urban environments and food sovereign communities.
Raffle proceeds will support Bountiful Cities programs...
FEAST - School-based cooking and gardening education.
Asheville Buncombe Community Garden Network - Over 30 community gardens with access to our tool library, seed library, and free hands-on educational workshops.
Grass to Greens - Edible Landscaping and School Garden Maintenance.
Windfall Collective Plant Nursery - Growing out seedlings to support community gardens and local urban agriculture.
Asheville Buncombe Food Policy Council (ABFPC) - Coordinating across multiple organizations to support local sustainable agriculture policies. Bountiful Cities serves as the fiscal agent for the ABFPC.
East Fork Pottery has been a values-centered business since day one. Paying our employees a living wage so that they build a foundation of financial stability, partnering with nonprofit and grassroots organizations to help raise awareness and funds for their liberation and equity work, along with measuring, reducing and offsetting our operations’ carbon footprint are some of the commitments we’ve made to be more than just a business that makes pottery and money.
For more information about this fundraising effort or getting involved with Bountiful Cities please email Cathy@BountifulCities.Org.
By Lydia George
So many people love to see and hear birds around their homes and will put out bird feeders filled with seeds to attract more of this wildlife to their yards. While this is a good strategy, there are also many beautiful perennial plants and flowers that you can add to your landscape which will feed the birds every year, they will replenish as a natural resource rather than having to continually buy seeds from the store, and this method of feeding native birds is also less disruptive to their natural feeding habits. You can also put out nesting boxes, shrubs and tall grasses that will act as a natural habitat for bird species to make homes in!
There are many beautiful flowering plants that birds love to eat! Black eyed susans, echinacea, daisies, cornflower, sunflowers, asters, joe pye, zinnias, yarrow, goldenrod and daisies are all great natural food that will make your yard beautiful while attracting native pollinators and song birds to your yard!
There are also many shrubs and trees that can feed birds as well. Evergreens like Holly, Rhododendron, redcedar and hemlock all have berries that birds love to eat. Also trees like sumac, elderberries, dogwood and redbuds are beneficial to birds, insects and humans (for food or medicine), just make sure you are prepared to share the bounty of your harvest.
Vining plants like native honeysuckle varieties and virginia creeper can create great habitat as well as food for many different bird species, including hummingbirds.
For nesting sites, many birds like dense clustering bushes that create protection from predators. Aronia, viburnum, and winter berries are all great shrubs that create this kind of environment while also providing food with their fruiting bodies! Also if you have room in your yard, taller trees like willows, oaks and sycamores have lots of nooks and crannies that are perfect homes for all sorts of different wildlife.
Having native grass varieties can also be great for providing seeds and nesting materials for many birds, Indian rice grass, northern sea oats, switchgrass, prairie dropseed, bluestem grasses and so many more varieties are beautiful ornamental grasses that have these benefits for wildlife.
Not only will these plants beautify your yard, lots of them will provide you with edible food and medicine. Most importantly you will be providing much needed habitat to native song birds, amphibians, reptiles and mammals which are exciting to see, and so important to the health of our native ecosystems! This is just a few of the many hundreds of plants that will serve important roles for all sorts of wildlife.
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SPICES AND POTS!
What do beautiful pottery and delicious spices have in common? Both support Bountiful Ciites work! We are so pleased to welcome our newest sponsors and co-creators. Spicewalla is donating their amazing spices for our FEAST cooking and gardening education classes, and East Fork Pottery is donating pottery for an upcoming raffle! Stay tuned!
Volunteer in a Community Garden...
Lucy Herring Elementary School Peace Garden (formerly Vance Elementary School) in West Asheville. Tuesdays 11-12:30 Thursdays 9:30am-11am Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for questions and to RSVP
Pearson Garden and Nursery Garden workdays on August 5th, and August 19th 2-5pm(1st and 3rd Thursdays). Located at 408 Pearson Dr. in Montford. Please click this link to sign up. Contact Alex@BountifulCities.org for more information.
Pearson Garden Solar Installation! Volunteers needed Saturday Aug. 28th, and Sunday August 29th. Please sign up to receive more information HERE.
Hall Fletcher Elementary School FEAST Garden Sundays 10am-2pm. 60 Ridgelawn Rd. Please click this link to sign up. Contact Jacob@BountifulCities.org for more information.
Shiloh Community Garden - Saturdays 10am - 2pm Please contact Lydia George email@example.com for more info
Peace Gardens and Market 10-noon on Saturdays
Fairview Road Resilience Garden - 5-7:30pm Wednesday evenings, 10am-noon Saturday mornings. If you would like to attend please RSVP using this link
Root Cause Farm hosts volunteer opportunities on Wednesdays 6-8pm, Thursdays 8:00am-12:00pm, Sundays 3:00-5:00pm. Sign up here!
Verner Center for Early Learning Wednesdays from 3:30-5:30pm 2586 Riceville Rd. Asheville, NC behind Outward Bound. Sign up or just show up! Contact Whitney Rea Smith (828)450-7503 or Wrea@verneremail.org
Soul and Soil Project Tuesdays and Thursdays 9-12. Fairview. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more info and to join
Dr. John Wilson Community Garden Mondays and Thursday mornings from 8-12. Please contact email@example.com for more information.
Haw Creek Commons Garden - workdays are every Tuesday and Thursday morning 10:00am-11:30am
World Soil day in Buncombe County
On Sunday December 5th there will be a mix of local events around Buncombe County to honor soil by promoting awareness of healthy soil and celebrating its many benefits.
There will be events to help educate our communities on the importance of soil biodiversity and sustainable soil management.
In the evening there will be a potluck and film viewing to celebrate the wonders of soil. Learn more and register for events HERE.
Do you use the Compost Now service? Bountiful Cities can use your finished compost if you cannot! We are one of their garden partners and you can donate your CompostNow compost to Bountiful Cities HERE.