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 Peace Garden: Where we can grow together. Evergreen Community Charter School’s Peace 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.
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.
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.
The Shiloh community is rooted in African American settlements dating back to the 19th century. Agriculture serves as a tradition in the area, one they are working to revive through their community garden and other such projects. Youth involvement at the Shiloh Community Garden includes not only the experience of growing produce organically, but lessons in food preparation, healthy eating, permaculture, sustainability, entrepreneurship, literacy, leadership and self-governance.
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.
The AgLanta Grows-A-Lot Program is a City of Atlanta program that invites entrepreneurs, non-profits, and residents to apply for a 5-year renewable license to adopt a vacant, city-owned property to start a new urban garden or urban farm in AgLanta. The compost donated to the AgLanta urban farmers and urban gardeners will help them produce healthy food on rooftops to energy-right-of-ways. Thank you for helping cultivate a more resilient, equitable and accessible food system for One Atlanta!
Since its city approval in late 2014, Aluma Farm has expanded to 3.8 acres. Their aim is to feed Atlanta’s need for locally grown food, foster neighborhood pride, and build awareness and community around farming, healthy environmental practices, and healthful foods. Founders Andrea and Andy come from a long background of agriculture and both quickly came to love small-scale and mindful farming practices. They are in the expansion stage of their 5 year plan, building a chicken coop, creating a community garden, and hosting farm tours and educational events.
Chattahoochee Queen is a specialty cut flower business located in Atlanta, Georgia. The founder, Evan Neal, began farming flowers alongside Brent Hall of Freewheel Farm in 2014 after having spent time farming in Pescadero, California - it was in California that he became acquainted with unfamiliar and fascinating cut flower varieties being grown exclusively for local markets. Moving back to his home state of Georgia in 2012, he started growing flowers in his own backyard, and wherever else he could squeeze a few feet of bedspace in...and has been growing ever since! He currently farms on less than a quarter of an acre, but by focusing on growing intensively and replenishing the soil with top-quality compost, he can grow a whole lot of flowers! They currently sell at Grant Park Farmers Market, to local restaurants, bakeries, and florists, and supply flowers for special events.
The Clarkston High School Garden is an initiative of the International Rescue Committee (IRC) in Atlanta, an organization dedicated to serving refugees and immigrants in Georgia. The IRC provides nutrition and garden-based education to youth at Clarkston High School through its Youth Food Justice (YFJ) program. Students participating in the program develop valuable leadership and work skills through maintaining and managing the school garden, leading community service projects, and making field visits to farmers’ markets, gardens and food production/processing sites.
The Resident Garden at East Point Housing Authority provides access to healthy and sustainable food for those living within the community. The garden allows for the residents to connect in a nourishing space and grow community bonds as they grow their food. The Resident Garden, which contains twelve garden beds, promotes healthy eating in a metropolitan area. This garden allows the youth in the community hands on learning of the cycle of life as they develop their own compost while experiencing the growth of their food.
Food Well Alliance's mission is to strengthen community farms and gardens to create thriving communities that value local, healthy food. We do this by connecting people, ideas, leadership, and capital. Over the past three years, Food Well Alliance has directly supported 21 farms and roughly 100 community gardens located within Clayton, Cobb, DeKalb, Fulton, and Gwinnett. One of the ways in which Food Well Alliance has supported community farms and gardens is by providing them with high quality, locally produced compost.
Freewheel Farm is diversified urban farm made up of three sites in the heart of Atlanta. We grow herbs, mushrooms, over 50 types of vegetables, and specialty cut flowers (in partnership with Chattahoochee Queen). We maximize our space through intensive planting, and believe that the quality of our produce starts with the health of our soil. For this reason we build compost on-site with CompostWheels, we use cover cropping techniques, and we are Certified Naturally Grown- meaning we never use GMO’s or chemical pesticides, herbicides, or fertilizers.
Fresh Harvest provides a home delivery of local organic produce throughout Greater Atlanta. The Fresh Harvest Garden is a small diversified garden located in Clarkston, GA. The garden’s mission is to demonstrate sustainable growing practices, foster community, and engage local youth through horticultural therapy field trips. The produce is distributed weekly in Fresh Harvest baskets and sold at a subsidized market for Clarkston's refugee community.
Seven years ago in SE Atlanta, community members transformed a steep hillside of kudzu and trash into Grant Park Community Garden. Ever since, their members have been growing vegetables for themselves and for others. In support of the Plant a Row for the Hungry Program, half of their cultivated land is reserved for growing organic food to donate to soup kitchens and feeding programs in their community. Last year, they donated 365 pounds of food - a pound a day! They love the personal connection they feel toward each other, their community, the food they grow and the people they donate it to. They cultivate a big assortment of vegetables, blueberry bushes and honey bees. Along with great food, they are about connecting their community with a happy green space and demonstrating the joys of healthy growing practices.
HealthMPowers, a non-profit in Atlanta, is on a mission to empower healthy habits and change environments where children live, learn and play. Over the past several years, they've partnered with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta, engaging members in experiential learning through cooking classes and on-site gardening. They've implemented gardens at over a dozen clubs as a tool to better understand the importance of eating local, fresh produce. They have grown herbs, potatoes, tomatoes, green beans, strawberries, and more! Their partnership provides impactful programming to help members develop the skills to improve their social, emotional, and physical health so that they can achieve the Great Futures they deserve.
The Jolly Avenue Garden is a vibrant community gathering space that fosters a collective experience of beauty, belonging, and friendship with the land and with one another. Our mission is to enrich the Clarkston community by offering growing spaces where refugee gardeners can grow their own food to feed their families and friends and facilitating educational opportunities for folks of all ages through agriculture programming, mentorship, employment, and STEAM curriculum initiatives.
Love is Love Farm at Gaia Gardens grows healthy food and seeks to sustain the success of farmers through collaboration. We work to achieve this mission through employment and mentorship of young farmers, our farmer collaborative csa model, and servant leadership to good food and farm organizations.
Tucked into Freedom Park, the Poncey-Highland Community Garden was established in 2008. It includes over 30 raised beds and almost 10 community beds, sown with a mix of berries and insectary plants. We hope to improve Freedom Park visually and botanically for our neighbors and community members!
Primavera Preschool is a Nature and Spanish Immersion preschool located in Atlanta’s Candler Park. Their year-round Outdoor Classroom with raised beds and fruit trees allows them to feature season-based lessons on gardening, art, music and education with lively visits from their local bee keeper and chicken collective. In addition, Primavera’s catered meals celebrates a plant-based diet with its Instagram-worthy vegetarian global Spanish menu. Compost keeps their soil healthy and helps their preschoolers connect to a larger nature-forward community.
Project South works in partnership with the Georgia Citizens' Coalition on Hunger to support the Umoja Garden at the Mutual Aid Liberation Center at 9 Gammon in South Atlanta. The Center is located on 4.7 acres of shared land and the garden produces vegetables that feed the community, particularly the low-income, historically Black neighborhoods of South Atlanta.
Urban Sprout Farms is a biodynamic, certified organic urban farm located in the Polar Rock neighborhood of Lakewood Heights in Atlanta. Urban Sprout Farms is building an urban agricultural hub that serves as an education, entrepreneurial incubator for food and farming enterprises. Their five-acre plot, just a few miles southeast of Downtown Atlanta, is home to hoop houses, fresh herb and flower beds, colorfully painted event space, community, and a big vision for the future.
Charleston Parks Conservancy's mission is to inspire the people of Charleston to connect with their parks and together create stunning public spaces and a strong community.
The College of Charleston Campus Gardens are made possible by the college's Sustainable Agriculture Program to educate the students and the community about growing food in an urban environment, while also growing fresh food for students produced by students. CofC students are welcome to harvest produce anytime and if a student wants to get more involved students are encouraged to volunteer and resources can be provided for students to grow their own food, as well.
Earth Heart Growers is a non-profit organization created to connect the community and the earth. EHG curriculum offers in-school: gardening, cooking, and helping their students to understand about the importance of sustainability practices; creating habits in the future citizens that help to improve the environment and to develop a healthy eating lifestyle. It also connects the Charleston School District, Montessori schools and families, with a local organic farm: Joseph Fields Farm.
One of the hallmarks of their program is the on-site farm education, which came as the result of a partnership with a local organic farmer; they take the middle schools, from different Charleston Public Montessori schools to the farm for agricultural education. This is the pinnacle of the program, and an opportunity for the adolescents to spend time in an outdoor classroom and practice their growing, culinary, and entrepreneurial skills.
The Green Heart Project builds garden-based experiential learning projects and school garden programs to educate students, connect people, and cultivate community through growing, eating, and celebrating food.
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.
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!
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.
Northwoods School Garden is a volunteer built and run public school garden at Northwoods Elementary in Cary. It exposes our diverse population of kids to real food while encouraging them toward healthier eating, but it also stimulates curiosity, encourages wonder, and promotes teamwork, responsibility and patience. The garden provides lessons in science, ecology, math, social studies, economics, history, arts and literature. It is an organic garden which utilizes principles of permaculture and encourages environmental responsibility.
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.
The San Isidro Labrador Community Garden is run by members of St.Thomas More Catholic Church in Chapel Hill. The garden is intended as both a source of fresh produce for gardeners and parishioners in need and as a demo of what can be produced in a relatively small space using all organic methods. We want to cooperate with nature and each other to create good soil, to generate good food, and to steward the earth.
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.
SOUL Garden (Students for Organic United Living) is a student-run garden located near NCSU’s Centennial campus behind the dam at Lake Raleigh. In NC State University’s first harvestable garden, students grow organic produce and practice environmental stewardship while nurturing and expanding their leadership, team building, and work ethic skills. We are continuously evolving as students come up with new ideas and programs that they run, including an ongoing speaker series, a pollinator garden, maintenance of a compost site, construction of a greenhouse, and the design of an educational green space
The Hub Farm’s mission is to improve the academic achievement and health of students in Durham Public Schools through project-based learning in outdoor environments. Supporting this mission, the Hub Farm site includes a food production garden, rain gardens, pollinator gardens, beehives, a floating aquatic lab, a forest ecosystem, ponds, wetland and streams, and robust and diverse community and institutional partnership networks that leverage this physical resource for the academic achievement and health of Durham’s youth.
The Lourdes Bounty Community Garden brings parish and school families together to nurture the land and provide a community activity that educates and enriches relationships with God, and others, while providing fresh, sustainable food to those in need in the parish and broader community.
The Reality Farm is a community farm project that fosters meaningful, creative and productive work for adults with disabilities.
Urban Community Agri-Nomic’s mission is to improve the health and wellness of our community. Our programs shall provide education on healthy lifestyles, seed-to-table food preparation and preservation, and hands-on STEM and agriculture skills. We empower Durham families with access to resources to grow their own healthy food using sustainable practices in a supportive environment.
* Includes members that have shared all or a portion of their compost with this garden at least once in the last six months.