September 2018 Community Garden Network Newsletter

September 2018   

We enjoyed a delightful meal together last Wednesday, August 29th, at The Lord’s Acre which was followed by a very informative workshop on Harvesting taught by a member of the garden. A tour of their beautiful luscious garden was also given, and kids and adults alike were able to join in on picking produce from the garden during their volunteer night. Volunteer nights happens every Wednesday from 6-8pm. Email [email protected] to be on their volunteer email list to get updates, and you can also find them on Facebook at

Thanks to everyone who came out!

Upcoming Community Garden Network Events 

Community Garden Network Celebration Fundraiser

WHEN? Saturday, September 8th from 5-7:30pm

WHERE? Pearson Community Garden (408 Pearson Dr., Asheville, NC)

We would love to have you at our second annual Community Garden Network Celebration Dinner, Saturday, September 8th from 5-7:30pm at the Pearson Community Garden (located in the Montford neighborhood.)

The annual Community Garden Network Celebration Dinner is a benefit event to raise funds for Bountiful Cities’ Asheville Buncombe Community Garden Network, a free member network providing comprehensive support and resources to over three dozen local community gardens. Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door, and $10 for children aged 4-16. Children 3 and under get in free. Sliding scale and scholarship tickets are available, with priority distribution to Community Garden Network gardeners.

Contact Isa Whitaker for more details: [email protected]

Get your tickets now!

Fall Harvest Fest

WHEN? Saturday, September 22nd from 2-6pm

WHERE? Burton Street Peace Gardens

There will be food, live music, community building, classes, sports and kids activities such as kickball, three legged race, face painting and much much more!


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 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 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

Hire us for your edible & native Landscaping needs!

We mean it when we call ourselves “Grass to Greens”

Grass to Greens 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.

Tell your friends!

Other Community Events

2nd Annual Asheville Community Seed Swap

WHEN? Thursday, Sept. 6th 5-6:30pm

WHERE? Lipinsky Auditorium (UNCA campus)

“Seed saving is a culturally and ecologically important practice that requires much work and care. We want to honor the hard work of seed savers by being mindful and respectful of their craft. This is not an open seed giveaway. The event will be designed to allow for varying participation, including monetary donations in exchange for seeds as well as direct seed exchanges. There will be space for folks who want to bring their own seeds to swap and share.” – 2nd Annual Comm. Seed Swap FB

Feel free to drop in anytime from 5:00 to 6:30 with seeds and stories to trade.Seed saving equipment, demonstrations, and stories about old seed varieties will be happening throughout the event.

Following the Seed Swap, there will be a free public lecture at Lipinsky Auditorium on “Culinary Justice: Defining a Theory of Gastronomic Sovereignty” by Michael Twitty, a culinary historian, living history interpreter, and Judaics teacher from the Washington D.C. area.

More information on both events can be found here:

Seed Swap –

Michael Twitty –

West Asheville Garden Stroll

WHEN? Saturday, September 8th from 11am-4pm

WHERE? Asheville Primary School (441 Haywood Rd, Asheville, NC 28806)

This year will mark the 10th year of the West Asheville Garden Stroll. Come out for a FREE, self guided, rain or shine event consisting of 14 neighborhood gardens. Stroll guides with garden descriptions and locations may be picked up at The Asheville Primary School, 441 Haywood Rd. 28806 on the day of the stroll.

PechaKucha Night Asheville

WHEN? Friday, September 14  7:30-9:30 PM

WHERE? GROVE HOUSE (11 Grove St, Asheville, North Carolina)

PechaKucha is sort of like TED talks; every talk follows the same 20×20 format: 20 images shown for 20 seconds each. So every talk is 6 minutes, 40 seconds and the speakers must fit their talks into that format. It makes for concise, well thought-out talks, ranging from the serious to the poetic to the light-hearted. Buzz Durham (from the Grace Covenant Garden) and Heather Gast will be presenting about their garden-building project and how the students learned about food justice and wisdom from and through growers in Maine, North Dakota and Haiti.


More information about PechaKucha is available at

The website for the local chapter is

Facebook event page info at

WNC Garlic Fest 2018

WHEN? Saturday, October 6 from 12-6 PM

WHERE? Sow True Seed (243 Haywood St, Asheville, NC)

WNC Garlic Fest was founded by Sow True Seed of Asheville NC with the aim of bringing the awesome world of garlic to the awesome people of Western Northern Carolina. The 5th WNC Garlic Fest for is a FREE* celebration of all things garlic. Sow True Seed has a wide range of garlic for sale plus they have a number of garlic farmers at the event each year.

Check out the website ( for updates and more information.

Food Policy Council

In December of 2017, Citizen Times did a write up about the revised Food Action Policy Plan that passed on November 27th, 2017: “The city has endorsed a plan to fight malnutrition by turning pieces of parks, greenways and other public lands into urban farms. That’s according to a new ‘Food Policy Action Plan’ backed by farmers, anti-hunger activists and most recently the City Council.”

The Food Policy Council best represents our community when the community is involved. Look for opportunities to find out more about what they do at Cluster and working group meetings are open to everyone!


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.

Greenlife Grocery Giving Grill

Thanks to the local Whole Foods Market (Greenlife – located at 70 Merrimon Ave) for making Bountiful Cities the recipient for the “Giving Grill” they will be hosting this Saturday, September 8th from 12-3:30pm and a big THANK YOU – to all who make this network possible!!