Southside Community Garden

The Southside Community Garden was founded in 2015 and is located in Asheville, North Carolina’s Southside neighborhood, a historically African American community. The garden is situated on the grounds of the Arthur R. Edington Education & Career Center, owned by the Asheville Housing Authority. The garden, which was constructed in 2015 by staff of Green Opportunities (GO), a local non-profit, and community members, is currently operated by a group of community members from the Southside neighborhood and beyond. Gardeners grew over 400 pounds of vegetables during the first season, and 1000 pounds during the second season. Produce from the garden is transformed into free community lunches Monday through Thursday by students enrolled in the GO Kitchen Ready culinary training program and distributed to local residents. Produce is also donated to food pantries and shelters, and taken home by community gardeners. Garden workdays take place on Saturday and Wednesday mornings, and all ages and experience levels are welcome to participate.

Garden Information





Participant Count:

Less than 10


Cooperative/Communal Garden

Plot Count:


Type:Neighborhood/Public garden Size:

Less than 1/4 acre

Primary Production:


Secondary Production:

Flowers/greenery, Fruits, Herbs

Primary Audience:

Southside residents, public housing residents, and Asheville gardeners of all ages are welcome to participate in the garden.

Primarily Served:

Residents of Asheville’s Southside neighborhood.

Funding Source:

grants, crowdfunding

Affiliated Organization

Type Name Website Phone Email
Non-profit organization Green Opportunities View site 828-398-4158 .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Production Report

Time Period Crop Type Pounds Harvested
2015 Vegetables 400
2016 Vegetables 1000

Contact Information

Land Ownership:

Public Land
Asheville Housing Authority
(828) 258-1222

Garden Contact:

Gwen Hill
828-398-4158 ext. 112
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Garden Location:

133 Livingston St, Asheville, NC 28801, USA

Mailing Address:

Green Opportunities
PO Box 7235
Asheville, NC 28802