Did you know our Community Garden Network (CGN) hosts free classes? Max Mandler and Tamarya Sims have been our most recent guest teachers. Max led a workshop on tool repair, and Tamarya taught about growing herbs and making homegrown herbal tea. Check out more of our recorded classes in the VIRTUAL WORKSHOPS on our website. Follow us on FB to find out about upcoming classes.
Knowledge is a resource, and that's not all the Bountiful Cities CGN shares. We were able to secure approximately $3,700 from Buncombe County Parks and Recreation to purchase 10 rodent-proof composters for area community gardens, and will be purchasing and distributing those in July.
Also, we have been awarded $10,000 from the Pisgah Health Foundation to restock our free Tool Library and Seed Library, and to provide direct resourcing to five area community gardens. Finally, the CGN has added a Technical Assistance section to the monthly CGN newsletter, which Co-coordinator, Lydia George writes in response to common seasonal garden challenges, and every newsletter is now translated into Spanish by our partners at Cenzontle and distributed in both English and Spanish each month.
If you would like be part of our CGN listserv please contact Isa@BountifulCities.Org
The workshops highlighted were presented in partnership with the City of Asheville
Free Plants !!
Bountiful Cities is continuing to get plant donations to distribute in our community. If your garden has some open space stop by the Lucy S. Herring Elementary Peace Garden or check out the FB page to see what is being offered this week! These organic veggies were donated by Southern States Cooperative. Thanks!
Asheville bread festival partnership
Bountiful Cities is excited to be supported by, and partnering with the Asheville Bread Festival! Thanks to a generous contribution from the festival, Bountiful Cities has been able to fully fund our outreach to community gardens, and have an impact on the amount of food those gardens have capacity to grow this year. We are also fully funding our efforts to install solar power in the Pearson garden! We look forward to all the bread baking and gardening in our future together!
Windfall Collective Nursery
Bountiful Cities Windfall Collective Nursery is continuing to grow a wide selection of edible, medicinal, pollinator, and native plants. New varieties of summer crops are coming up, be sure to check our webstore for updates to our inventory! If you're part of the community gardens and haven't gotten a chance to use your gift card yet, be sure to visit our webstore here or contact Alex at firstname.lastname@example.org to put in an order with us. We'll continue to have new varieties throughout the season, and are happy to take specific requests of plants not yet in our inventory. We'll also be having regular appearances at various plant sales this year, stay tuned to find out more. Look forward to growing with you!
What Grows Faster Than a Weed?
Hardly anything grows faster than a weed! Did you know a morning glory vine can grow more than an inch a day? That means 7 inches in a week! SO come one come all to dig in the dirt and help out at these volunteer workdays! Sign up to hear about weekly volunteering opportunities HERE.
Lucy Herring Elementary School Peace Garden (formerly Vance Elementary School) in West Asheville. Tuesdays 11-12:30 Thursdays 9:30am-11am Please contact email@example.com to for questions and to RSVP
Shiloh Community Garden - Saturdays 10am - 2pm Contact Lydia George firstname.lastname@example.org 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 is hosting volunteer opportunities on Wednesdays and Thursdays 10-12. Folks can sign up here!
By Community Garden Network Co-Coordinator Lydia George
The moon goes through a cycle of phases every 29-30 days, and these phases have a strong effect on the growth of plants, so knowing what conditions the different moon phases create can be helpful for growing vegetable gardens. For instance, the moon has a strong pull on the water table, so at certain phases of the moon cycle there will be more moisture in the soil, and also the different amount of light at night created by the new and full moon can affect leaf production.
The Moon Cycle can be split into four 7 day phases.
The first phase occurs between the new moon and the waxing half moon. During the new moon phase the water inside of the plants can be found down in the root system below the soil and that's where most of the new growth is made. This makes the new moon phases of the moon a good time to plant vegetables that grow BELOW ground, like carrots, beets, potatoes, peanuts and so on, since it is a time of strong root growth. As the first phase progresses towards the waxing half moon the water in the plant begins to rise out of the roots and towards the leaves.
The second phase occurs in the days between the waxing half moon and the full moon. By the full moon, the water in the plants are in the parts above ground, in the leaves collecting the moon's reflective light and in the flowering and fruiting bodies of the plant. That means that this is a good time for planting seeds or plant starts that grow and fruit ABOVE ground, like tomatoes, peas, peppers, fruit trees and so on. The third phase occurs between the full moon and the waning half moon, and the last phase happens in the 7 days between the waning half moon and the new moon. During these phases the water in the plants sinks back down into the roots below the ground!
Tool Repair Workshop Wednesday, June 23rd 5-7pm
Do you have any broken tools?
Join Max Mandler on Wednesday, June 23rd for a Tool Repair Workshop. Bring any hand tools that you need to have repaired and come ready to learn! Limit of 10 participants in person
Please email email@example.com to register
Plant Starts Available at Peace Gardens & Market (formerly Burton Street Peace Gardens)
“Hi, folks! As you may be aware, we host plant sales every year at the Peace Gardens. This year we have quite a few starts left available. I will be making leftover starts available to the community at $1/each, but wanted to make sure that our fellow community gardens and food warriors have what you need for your gardens and communities first.
If you are interested in picking up a few FREE flats to plant, reply to this message or call (or text) me directly (number below) and we can make arrangements for pick-up. Depending on demand, I will likely limit it to 2 flats for each garden/group. Contact Info: Safi Martin (828) 301-0166
Please do NOT just drop by the gardens and pick out plants - it is important for us to keep good records of both our sales and donations.
Tomatoes: Paul Robeson, Black Krim, Tiny Tim, Marglobe Improved, Rutgers, Old Virginia, Cherokee Green, Persimmon, Pineapple, Chocolate Stripes, Pork Chop, Dr. Wyche’s, Ace 55, Red Pear, Yellow Pear, Pink Bumble Bee, Sunrise Bumble Bee, Honeydrop Cherry, Black From Tula, San Marzano Paste, Speckled Roman Paste, Yellow Plum, Orange Banana Paste, Ruby Gold Bicolor, Hillbilly, and many more…
Peppers: Anaheim, Poblano, Carolina Reaper, Aji Lemondrop, Thai Red, Sweet Banana, and several more…
Herbs & Flowers: various culinary and medicinal herbs and some remaining flowers (including passiflora incarnata/Passion flower)” Fore more info visit: https://www.facebook.com/peace.gardens.and.market
Lucy S. Herring Peace Garden Updates:
Produce Sharing- Produce will be given away starting at 11am and the garden will again be open to the public during weekdays (Located at 98 Sulphur Springs Rd. 28806)
Garden Workdays will shift to morning times: (weather permitting)
* Tuesdays from 11- 12:30
* Fridays from 10- 12:00
“Come lend a hand in the garden! BYO garden gloves, water, and wear a mask. We spread out and practice social distancing while we work. Please RSVP to Jordan.Diamond@acsgmail.net or firstname.lastname@example.org (even if it's only an hour before).”
Community Garden Workdays:
Peace Gardens & Market (formerly Burton Street Peace Gardens) Saturdays 10am - 12pm
Contact Safi Martin email@example.com for more info
Shiloh Community Garden, 59 Hampton St., - Saturdays 10am - 2pm
Contact Lydia george firstname.lastname@example.org for more info
Joyner Street Community Garden, 25 Joyner St., - 4th Saturday of the month 10am - 1pm
Next workday will be on May 15th. Sign up to attend HERE
Root Cause Farm is hosting volunteer opportunities on Wednesdays and Thursdays 10-12. Folks can sign up here! https://safe.rootcausefarm.org/np/clients/rootcausefarm/publicaccess/eventCalendarBig.jsp?forwardedFromSecureDomain=1
Other Community Resources/Events
Firefly Valley Community Garden is seeking metal or wooden fence posts, four or 5 feet tall, and a gate to finally put in a fence around our garden. The rabbits are coming, the rabbits are coming!! :-)
If anyone has any to donate or a good contact for discounts, please let Ona know at email@example.com.
The Organic Growers School Gardening Series features 2 classes for each season: Spring, Summer & Fall. Get year-round garden guidance to support you in having your best year in the garden yet.
Summer Series: July 26th and August 2nd, 2021 6:00-8:00pm EST
Topics: Crops for Fall, Low Tunnel Construction, Winter Gardening, Planning for next year’s garden: Cover Cropping, Double Digging, Sheet Mulching.
Find out more and sign up today!
Fern Way Farm School
Registration now open for garden
& forest-based K-12th camps!
If you have kids, grandkids, or just know kids and young adults who will be eager to explore the woods this summer, or care for a chicken, or survey for salamanders, Fern Way Farm School in Black Mountain is the place for them! All registration fees are on a sliding scale, and scholarships are available. LEARN MORE & REGISTER here! Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions - we look forward to welcoming y'all to camp!