We believe in sustainable, local, organic, nutrient-filled, chemical-free food. The organizations below are providing our communities with this type of food. CompostNow members have the option of sharing their earned compost with one of these organizations. Compost (produced from sustainable resources like your food scraps) is an essential part of a healthy food system and a vital part of the success of these urban farms and community gardens. We are proud to be partners with these organizations.
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Due to the favorable climate and soil conditions in Western North Carolina, Daoist Traditions Gardens are able to grow over a hundred Chinese medicinal plants on campus in their herb gardens. There is a long history of folk medicine, midwifery, and Native American medicine in the Blue Ridge Mountains and a significant Western herbal medicine community. Students have hands-on contact in the garden with many of the medicinal plants introduced in their herbal medicine classes and can watch them change through the seasons. They will also come across those plants and fungi if they explore the forests that surround Asheville.
Daoist Traditions College of Chinese Medical Arts finds that the experience of working in the garden with plants -- and later in the kitchen making medicine -- gives students a more in-depth relationship with the herbs they will be prescribing. The garden also provides the College community with a welcome break from their rigorous schedule. Students can often be found in between classes, sitting at our garden picnic tables sharing a meal, studying, or just talking about their day.
Evergreen Earth Garden: Where we can grow together. Evergreen Community Charter School’s Earth Garden is an outdoor learning environment where opportunities for teaching and inquiry can connect the garden to both academics and real life experiences. It can be a place for moments of quiet reflection to joyful celebration where all community members are encouraged to experience first-hand the creative process of planting, growing, eating and sharing food. Evergreen Community Charter School is a public charter school serving 408 students in kindergarten through eighth grade from Buncombe, Haywood, Madison, and McDowell counties. Evergreen’s Outdoor Classroom and Earth Garden provide on-campus outdoor learning spaces where students can study traditional academic subjects while deepening their connection to nature. The garden consists of a hoop house, garden beds, a hemp-crete garden shed with a living roof, a cob pizza oven and outdoor kitchen area.
The Falconhurst Community Garden is an 18 family, 1.5 acre cooperatively run community garden in the Falconhurst area of West Asheville, NC. We have been working together since 2008.
The FCG is located on a sunny hill facing south, in what we call The Back 40, a large open green space, made up of a patchwork of privately owned land. In last few years we grew 20 kinds of vegetables and herbs. We are growing several different types of fruit, grapes, strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and even thornless blackberries. We have two beehives to help with pollination. We collect rainwater in cisterns and have incorporated a drip irrigation system. We try to involve the wider community by hosting monthly potlucks and other events. We are supported by membership dues and have also received support from the Bountiful Cities Project.
Hall Fletcher is located in West Asheville built around the methods of math, science, and technology as a means for personal discovery. The children are taught to question, predict, observe, accumulate data, and draw conclusions. Our school has the highest percentage of free and reduced lunch, 70%, indicating the high number of children that are food insecure in our school community. The Hall Fletcher Elementary School Garden Science Program is dedicated to providing an interdisciplinary program through garden-based learning in an outdoor living classroom. Grades K-1 classes visit the garden every other week, and 2-5 classes visit the garden twice a month – once for gardening and once for cooking. During garden class, students participate in grade-specific lessons, which focus on teacher-stated curricular goals. They also tend to the garden, including planting, weeding, and watering. In cooking class, they harvest the food they've planted and prepare it, again focusing on age-appropriate kitchen and food themes. Our lessons are standards-based, and designed to foster children’s innate sense of curiosity and free play, incorporating environmental stewardship, science, math, literacy and nutrition for every student. Additionally, students are welcome to come in to the garden during recess to play, explore, relax, or however they choose to pass the time.
IDES Garden Program creates gardens on school grounds and our mission is to grow and share food with our community. We collaborate with different agricultural / gardening businesses and organizations who want to help us provide these experiences for students. We are directly addressing food security and hunger in our community by providing resources for students, teachers and families to grow food - both at school and at home.
Odyssey School Garden uses our integral model in all areas of the garden program. Students from pre-K through high school interact with the gardens regularly throughout the year in classes, individual research projects, garden club, and community workdays. There are several plots on the grounds, including varieties of raised beds, living walls, a greenhouse, aquaponics, carnivorous plants, composting, cob oven, indoor growing, and always more in the pipeline! Passionate volunteers are fundamental to the program, overseeing operations. We practice seed saving, sustainability, and look forward to more service opportunities and relationships in the community.
Pearson Gardens, an organically grown pioneer in the urban garden movement, is an integral part of the non-profit Bountiful Cities. Pearson Gardens has been serving the Montford and North Asheville areas by growing gardens, giving people a place to plant, connect environmental ideas, and create community. Pearson Gardens is proud to put the large compost bins on the right side of the garden into participation with CompostNow's compost circuit!
The Rhoades Property Garden serves as a space for UNCA students and faculty and Asheville community members to learn and participate in sustainable agriculture practices.The intergenerational activities that are practiced in the garden are intended to make connections between the diverse communities and neighborhoods of Asheville, educational institutions, and various sectors of the food system. The Rhoades Property garden provides a fun way to learn about sustainability and organic gardening and serves as an opportunity to gain and share knowledge, which in turn will create a community response to local food security.
The Sand Hill Community Garden is located at the Buncombe County Sports Park in West Asheville. They donate produce to MANNA, a local free farmers market, and a free community meal at a local church. Please help them keep this neighborhood garden growing strong by sharing your earned compost.
Southside Community Garden is located in the Southside Community, a historic African-American neighborhood and supported by volunteers and community members dedicated to growing food and community involvement. The project has welcomed a place for both neighbors and residents of the Southside Community, plus volunteers and community groups from outside the neighborhood to connect to agriculture and healthy eating in a food desert, meaning a place that lacks access to healthy food and groceries. The food grown in donated to the Southside kitchen which serves donation based meals and is open to the public.
Alliance Medical Ministry exists to provide affordable healthcare to working, uninsured adults in Wake County. Our community garden, located at 101 Donald Ross Drive, Raleigh, was created in 2009 to supplement our holistic approach to health care by providing our patients with fresh and organic produce to improve their diet and overall health. Yearly we donate 2,000 pounds of nutritious produce to our patients, and growing!
The Beth Meyer Community Garden Committee is responsible for the design, development, and maintenance of the Synagogue’s community garden areas. Our main focus presently is the Biblical Garden project: transforming the space to the west of the Satisky Education Building into a refuge of physical and spiritual beauty where every plant mentioned in the Torah that grows in North Carolina will be welcome, as well as people looking for respite from the workaday world. We also created and tend to the herb garden that spices up the circle, and we coordinate closely with the Design Committee on sundry matters of common interest on our grounds.
Environmental: The Beth Meyer Environmental Committee (BMEC) strives to make our congregation more environmentally aware by providing opportunities for members to perform “green” mitzvahs.
Gemilut Hasadim: We care for each other in times of need and celebrate with each other in times of joy. We act to make the world a better place---here in Raleigh, in America, in Israel, and throughout the world.
The Briggs Avenue Community Garden, located in Durham, NC, is a project developed and managed by the Durham County Center of the NC Cooperative Extension. Designed as a space not only for gardening, but for education and community development, it provides the means for 35 families to produce healthy food while increasing physical activity and building neighborhood cooperation. Plot owners include families with young children, veterans, retirees, and individuals with physical limitations. The garden also supplies produce to the Durham Tech Campus Harvest Food Pantry, which provides food to students in need. Compost provided by CompostNow is vital to the garden because the soil is very low quality. Additional compost will allow us to expand our garden and will be used to amend the soil in our new fruit tree demonstration orchard, which will be planted later this year.
Master Gardener- Leanne Murphy
Advisory Committee (Volunteers): Jes Dormady- email@example.com
Located on Wilson Street in Chapel Hill, NC, Carolina Campus Community Garden serves as a source of fresh sustainably grown produce for UNC-CH's lowest wage workers as well as a learning community for students, staff, and neighbors to develop gardening skills, healthy living, social responsibility, and interdisciplinary pursuits. CCCG is the result of shared efforts of staff, students, faculty and local residents. All of the fruits and vegetables grown are distributed to UNC housekeepers. Nutrient rich compost is a vital part of growing nutritious fruits and veggies; CCCG composts their yard waste, and you can learn more about composting by visiting their garden during work days, but they don't make enough to fulfill all their compost needs! Lets complete the urban food cycle and help support their mission by providing their garden with compost generated from your food scraps.
The Carrboro Community Garden Coalition (CCGC) runs a community garden located in MLK, Jr. Park off of Hillsborough Road in Carrboro, NC. You don't have to be a skilled gardener to join us, we're happy to teach you what we know! Some of our gardeners started out having never grown anything, while others have managed large-scale farms. Through the garden, we hope to increase sustainable urban food production and community involvement in growing local food. We hope to achieve these goals by 1) teaching people how to grow food, 2) locating, securing in trust, and managing land, 3) increasing access to resources, skills, and local knowledge, 4) creating spaces where community members share tools, land, seeds, skills, inspiration, and cultural awareness, and 5) modeling replicable and financially viable programs and practices
We do not use conventional fertilizers, pesticides, or herbicides in the garden, relying instead on compost, "good" insects eating "bad" ones, leaf mulch, and manual labor to keep our crops healthy.
The mission of the Carrboro Family Garden is to provide space, resources and education for families with children to garden organically, promote healthy eating, encourage sustainable living and cultivate community. We are located in MLK Park on Hillsborough Rd. and have around thirty 100sqft plots, most of which are tended by low-income families.
Garner Grows Community Farm Garden is located in the heart of Garner, NC on a 17 acre parcel right on Highway 70. Within the fenced 1 acre garden, they have vegetables, berries, chickens, bees, flowers, and some fruit trees. They have partnered with various school and community groups, such as The Governor Morehead School for the Blind Preschool, NC State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, The Raleigh Jaycees, and The Institute for Future Ag. Leaders (IFAL), and the Garner UMC. Their membership is open to anyone in the community who would like to join them in their gardening and learning adventure! Gathering every Saturday morning at 1101 Vandora Springs Rd, Garner NC 27529
Goodwill Community Foundation Farm, located near RTP, operates year round with a handful of full-time workers assisted by numerous volunteers to grow food for the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina. In 2013 they grow over 63,000lbs of fresh produce. The farm produces crops such as sweet potatoes, okra, tomatoes, eggplant, cantaloupe, watermelon, squash, beets, turnips, rutabaga, collards and cabbage.
Gracious Harvest Community Garden is a "giving" community garden in the heart of downtown Cary, co-sponsored by First United Methodist Church and our downtown neighbors. Gracious Harvest is a place to cultivate the soil, the spirit, God’s bounty, and the community where friends and family join hearts and hands together to feed the body and soul. The "first fruits" of each harvest (10% or more) are set aside for the needy, members working that day get to share the rest.
The Inter-Faith Food Shuttle partners with communities to grow Community Gardens and promote healthy lifestyles. Through innovative initiatives and partnerships, we provide community members with education and tools necessary to improve community health and nutrition. Community members are empowered to take back control of their food choices and lead healthier lives through increased access to fresh produce, nutrition and culinary education, and opportunities for leadership development, community building, and physical activity.
Compost is vital to our efforts; in fact, we require more than 40,000 pounds of it each year. Help us build community health, wealth, and security by sharing your earned compost; every bit counts!
Mt. Level Community Haven's mission is to improve the health, wellness, educational attainment/opportunities and spiritual growth of youth, adults and families of Durham. MLCH strives to improve the quality of life for community members and make them more invested in their sense of self-sufficiency and contribution to the community.
The MLCH Community Investment Garden currently offers 60 beds, with more in the future. This garden is for the local community with produce from non-owned beds being donated to a local food pantry. We have donated more than 200 lbs of produce so far, and plan to exceed that in future years.
There is also space for those who are agriculturally minded or desire to practice and learn techniques beneficial for commercial gardening for economic development. Future plans include canning lessons (food preservation), healthy food preparation, use of herbs and produce in culinary, and ethnobotanical applications.
The garden strives to lessen food insecurities, create employment skills/opportunities and be a location of connection between various levels of diversity.
Morrisville Community Garden, located at 219 Church St. in Morrisville, designated by BCBSNC as Wake County's sole Nourishing NC Garden, sees our mission as a community-centered service organization.
We believe the garden offers the following benefits to our community: encouraging self-reliance by teaching people how to grow their own food; strengthening community pride by providing a common goal; increasing the Town's aesthetic by turning otherwise unused land into a productive garden; teaching compassion through charitable giving; teaching the values of commitment and patience; promoting good health by giving people the opportunity to work outside; providing access to healthy, fresh, locally-grown produce and benefiting the environment.
Through partnerships with the Town of Morrisville, Advocates for Health in Action and others, we aim to promote healthy living through the garden.
The New Hope Community Garden is a combined effort of the New Hope Alliance communities of faith. This attractive and well maintained garden is located at 3808 St. James Church Road on the campus of St. James United Methodist Church. The raised beds, designed and built by a local scout as part of his Eagle Project, are filled with donated engineered soil. An irrigation system using water from a nearby well assures the correct amount of moisture during dry periods. The garden is maintained by volunteers who range in age from the preschool child to senior citizens. The rich soil, proper water, and constant care of volunteers work together to produce a variety of vegetables for ten months of the year. While the volunteers take some of the produce to enjoy at home, most of the produce is donated to the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle for distribution to food insecure families in the Raleigh area.
Durham's North St. Community Garden is a community building effort - to have activities for the people in our North Street Community of folks with disabilities and friends, and include the neighbors who have lived in this area before we moved in, as well as the many volunteers who helped put the gardens in place, so that we can all get to know and support each other. We enjoy planting, maintaining, and getting together to make pesto, salsa, etc from the bounty.
Presbyterian Campus Ministries (PCM) Community Garden is located at 27 Horne Street, Raleigh, half a block from Hillsborough Street. The PCM Community Garden partners with church members of WRPC to provide fresh, local, sustainably grown food to the local community around NC State. The Bag Lunch Ministry for low income and homeless populations is run directly out of West Raleigh every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The PCM Community Garden helps to provide nutritious produce to these low-income individuals. The garden is managed and run by PCM college students and alumni.
Raleigh City Farm is an urban farm growing food made from local rain, local compost, and local sunshine. Urban farms reduce waste, improve our health, and deepen the connection we have to our food.
We work to change the industrial food paradigm that predominates today. We endow the human being with their former power to know what real food looks like, where to find it, and how to call it up out of the ground themselves. We are doing this by the surprisingly simple act of responsibly growing and selling lots of real food, hyper-locally. An estimated 15,000 people pass by the farm site each day, offering them a chance to see that a city’s food doesn’t have to come from the country or far away.
Raleigh Food Corridor: On a two-mile long stretch through Downtown Raleigh, a collective of local organizations is creating a network of food projects to connect communities, build economic opportunities, and increase food access and awareness. Our goal is to use food systems to help build healthy neighborhoods and energize an equitable food movement for the City. Community Food Lab is the backbone organization of the Raleigh Food Corridor collective, and will arrange for compost donations to reach impactful urban farms, learning gardens, and community gardens along the Corridor and throughout the City.
Red’s Quality Acre is a collaborative effort to bring quality produce to the Triangle region, while building community through the culture of food. We are committed to sustainable agriculture to help increase access to locally-grown food. Red's was founded in 2015 on one acre of land in Durham North Carolina, by Dave Henderson and Caitlin Law.
SEEDS is nonprofit organization with a 2-acre urban garden and cooking classroom that aspires to develop the capacity of young people through growing, cooking, and sharing food. Founded in 1994 and located in the heart of Durham, SEEDS promotes principles of sustainable agriculture, organic gardening, food security and environmental stewardship through garden-based programs.
Simple Gifts Community Garden is a ministry of Apex United Methodist Church and is open to everyone in their community! We are located between Hwy. 55, US 1 and Apex Peakway in Apex, NC. We teach people to grow their own food, to work with their neighbors, to value and respect God’s creation and to support and advocate for each other. Members work together, share the harvest and donate a portion of each week’s harvest to our local food bank in Apex – over 3,000 lbs. in the four years we’ve been gardening. We work as a community to provide fresh, organic produce for ourselves and our neighbors. Nutrient-rich compost is vital to our efforts and partnership with CompostNow helps us grow bigger, better and more!
Located on Park Avenue in Raleigh, the Wedge Community Garden volunteers have done a ton of work to get to this point—meeting, planning, assembling materials, negotiating with local businesses and institutions. They meet Saturday mornings to chat, catch up and garden.
Every March The Wedge also have several dozen people, both neighbors and volunteers from the Service Raleigh program to help plan for the spring/summer seasons. They've got lots of shovels, gloves and wheelbarrows at the ready. If you are interested in volunteering just come by Saturday mornings.
* Includes members that have shared all or a portion of their compost with this garden at least once in the last six months.