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NCCGP is dedicated to providing helpful resources for all your community garden needs. We hope you find what you are looking for. Feel free to contact us about other resources you’d like to see added to this list.

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KidsGardening.org Grants and Fundraising

KidsGardening.org is a resource of the National Gardening Association (NGA). Scroll down on webpage to see the Open Grants that are currently available to apply for. Check back often as new grants open every month. Each applicant is asked to create a Garden Registry profile for their program. The Garden Registry profile can be displayed publicly or privately depending on your organization’s preferences. The Garden Registry profile provides the grant committee with basic insights into your garden program. These details are saved in the database and can be reapplied to multiple grant applications.

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Market Gardening: A Start-up Guide

Market gardening, which entails the intense production of high-value crops, gives farmers the potential to increase their income from a few acres. It is also of interest to people looking at agriculture as an alternative lifestyle. This publication provides an overview of issues you need to be aware of as you consider undertaking market gardening, and suggests helpful resources.

Published by Janet Bachmann © NCAT

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Money for Community Gardens

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This is a special edition publication about Fundraising for community gardens by the ACGA (American Community Gardening Association). Raising money is very much like gardening. It is all about growing – growing relationships. It has everything to do with conveying the importance of your work and finding ways that many people can contribute to the success of your program. Above all, remember this: you have something to offer – to your community, to your donors, to organizations, and to politicians. Do not beg for support. Invite involvement.

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Nature’s Path $15,000 Grant Opportunity for Community Gardens

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Here is an opportunity to win a whopping $15,000 for your garden. Fill out the form to tell Nature’s Path about your garden by September 30, 2018 then tell your friends to VOTE FOR YOUR GARDEN from October 1-15.

If you are entering on behalf of a community garden in NC, send us a message and we will promote it for more votes!

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NC Cooperative Extension Community Garden Resources

A website hosted by North Carolina Cooperative Extension that is full of useful information for community gardens. Resources include those on food safety, horticulture, soil health and contaminants, therapeutic horticulture and much more. You will also find links to community garden registries and profiles of Cooperative Extension staff who support community gardens. This website was created and is managed by Dr. Lucy Bradley, Urban Horticulture Specialist at The Cooperative Extension Service at NCSU.

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NC DENR Compost Guidance for Urban Farms and Community Gardens

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The NC Division of Waste Management (under NC Department of Environment and Natural Resources) encourages people and organizations to try composting. They have developed this guidance for urban farms and community gardens in North Carolina in regards to composting on site. Urban farms and community gardens that receive 1 cubic yard or more per week of nitrogenous material or distribute finished compost product to the public should submit a compost pilot and demo application annually. (See “Compost Demo Guide” on website.)

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NC DENR Composting: Organics Recycling

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Good soil is essential to growing healthy gardens. Compost is an organic matter source that has the unique ability to improve the chemical, physical and biological characteristics of soils or growing media. It contains plant nutrients but is typically not characterized as a fertilizer. This website hosted by NC Division of Environmental Assistance and Outreach (under NC Department of Environment and Natural Resources) provides information on composting 101, commercial composting, vermi(worm)composting, compost tea, grants and more!

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Policies & Programs That Can Improve Health - Community Gardens

The County Health Rankings and Roadmaps, A Robert Wood Johnson Foundation program, lists policies and programs that can improve health. Community gardens are identified as having “some evidence” of doing so. This page lists evidence and case studies explaining how community gardens increase access to and consumption of healthy food as well increased physical activity.

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Rebel Tomato (ACGA)

RebelTomato.com was created in 2007 by the American Community Gardening Association with funding from the United States Department of Agriculture community food projects grants.

This site was created as a resource for people involved in youth gardening - garden leaders, educators, teachers and, most of all, youth themselves. The site is designed to serve as a one-stop-shop for useful, interesting information about youth gardening, and features several interactive components that are designed to get people exited and talking about gardening.

Seeds: Getting inspired, motivated, and dedicated.  Benefits of community gardening, examples of community gardens and more.
Roots: Practical tools to help plan for the creation of a garden.  Budgets, planning and more.
Shoots: Getting into the details of garden creation.  Choosing plants, doing garden design projects and more.
Fruits: Enjoying and learning from the garden.  Learning about food, nutrition, and science.
Harvest: Continuing to build and benefit from the garden.  Tips about fundraising, evaluation and sustaining the garden.

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School Garden Veggie Planting Guide - Mountains/West

This guide is intended for teachers and youth garden educators to get started planting a vegetable garden with kids.
A NCSU Cooperative Extension publication.

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School Garden Veggie Planting Guide - Piedmont/Coastal Plain

This guide is intended for teachers and youth garden educators in the piedmont and eastern part of NC to grow a vegetable garden with kids.
A NCSU Cooperative Extension publication.

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Seed Saving Resources

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A variety of resources about seed saving for gardeners from Seed Savers Exchange, a nonprofit organization based in Iowa dedicated to the preservation of heirloom seeds. Here you will find basic seed saving instructions for selected varieties of vegetables, flowers and herbs; a new crop-specific seed saving chart; and archives of webinars (videos) on multiple seed saving topics.  Find out more about Seed Savers Exchange at http://www.seedsavers.org

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