NCCGP is very pleased to announce that the latest series of GROW workshops for community gardeners will begin on October 22, 2016, in the foothills community of Columbus in western North Carolina. Four additional workshops will take place at locations across the state in 2017.
NCCGP has been awarded another $8,000 grant from Burt’s Bees Greater Good Foundation and a $10,000 grant from Resourceful Communities Creating New Economies Fund for 2015-2016! Read more here.
The GROW 2015 mini-grant opportunity is now closed. We have funded 21 community garden programs across the state with $200 each for small projects. A detailed summary and contact information for grantees can be viewed by clicking the mini-grant summary link at the bottom of this page.
NCCGP was pleased to receive funding from the Burt’s Bees Greater Good Foundation and Resourceful Communities, a program of The Conservation Fund and Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation, to organize a series of workshops for community garden leaders across North Carolina in the fall of 2014.
Five, one-day events focused on educational topics such as:
Vegetable gardening 101; soil health, plant selection and propagation
Pollinator-friendly gardening; integrated pest and disease management, adding pollinator gardens to support healthy vegetable gardens
Use of season extension techniques to expand the growing season
And community garden organizing
All five workshops included a full day of activities, education, networking and demonstration of techniques. The cost of the workshops was $15 for current NCCGP members and $18 for non-members
The 2014 workshops were held at the following locations:
Oct 4th at the Partners in Ministry, 12 Third Street, East Laurinburg and the Laurinburg Community Garden
Oct 11th at the Catawba County Agricultural Resource Center, 1175 S. Brady Ave, Newton and the Hmong Demonstration Farm in Hickory
Oct 18th at the Stanley White Recreation Complex, 901 Chapman St. New Bern, NC and the Veterans Base Camp Employment Garden
Nov 7th at the New Hanover Cooperative Extension and Arboretum demonstration garden in Wilmington, NC
Dec 6th at the Franklinton Center at Bricks, 281 Southbend Ln, Whitakers, NC and their community farm
Each event included informational workshops and hands-on training, networking time, lunch and a community garden tour. The workshops were held in areas of the state that had yet to receive extensive training about community garden development, but where there is a growing interest in community gardens.
Although targeted at community garden leaders, workshops were open to gardeners, volunteers and any community members interested in community gardens. Our goal was to reach 25 participants per workshop. In the end we had 121 participants from 28 counties across NC!
Maria Hitt was the 2014-15 project coordinator and she worked with the local community hosts to make the workshops successful.
2014 Community Garden Lunch ‘n Learn Webinar Series
Over 150 participants joined us throughout a series of five 45 minute webinars to learn about topics important to community gardeners and to learn from community garden projects in North Carolina that are accomplishing great things!
Links to recordings of each webinar and other resources are listed on the individual webinar pages. See “Events” below.