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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The Asheville Buncombe Community Garden Network is coordinated by Asheville based nonprofit, Bountiful Cities, connecting almost 40 gardens. Bountiful Cities is able to coordinate shared workdays, a tool library, seed library, volunteer recruitment, potlucks, and shared resources - like COMPOST! Bountiful Cities is also able to provide free workshops to community gardeners on all kinds of related topics like seed starting, and mushroom log inoculation. The goal of the network is to strengthen neighborhood-powered food initiatives through collaboration.
Our Buncombe County School Garden Partners currently include: Asheville Primary School, Evergreen Community Charter School, and Issac Dickson Elementary School. When you share your earned compost with Buncombe County Schools, these participating schools can request compost delivery to be used in their school gardens to grow healthy food and educate students about the importance of healthy soil!
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.
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.
The Cabbagetown Community Garden was opened to the public in the summer of 2010 and currently houses 32 raised garden beds and two thriving beehives. The creation of the garden and installation of hives was a combined effort of the Cabbagetown community, the City of Atlanta, Park Pride and later, The Little Bee Project. The garden is the first community garden of its kind in Atlanta. The garden's mission is to leverage its unique urban location to engage the community and educate gardeners of all ages and backgrounds by empowering them to plant, grow and harvest healthy organic food.
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.
Community Foodscapes is a social venture working in Atlanta, Georgia to empower individuals, organizations, and communities to grow food where they live, work, and play. They provide consultations, designs, edible landscaping, and garden installations. Compost donated to this organization will go towards one of the community gardens they manage, such as the Campbellton Community Garden in the Oakland City / Venetian Hills neighborhood.
Our DeKalb County School Garden Partners currently include: Clarkston High School, Primavera Preschool, and The Waldorf School of Atlanta. When you share your earned compost with DeKalb County Schools, the participating schools can request compost delivery to be used in their school gardens to grow healthy food and educate students about the importance of healthy soil!
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.
Georgia Organics is a statewide nonprofit working to connect organic food from Georgia farms to Georgia families. The organization hosts a demonstration garden at its Atlanta offices where they utilize healthy soil and compost to grow seasonal vegetables and herbs. Harvests support a variety of potlucks, partner meetings and staff lunches throughout the year.
Global Growers Network partners with people from diverse cultures who grow fresh food for their families and for local marketplaces. Together, they build and sustain networks of people, land, resources, and markets in order to create a more equitable food system that is driven by cultural diversity, inclusive economies, and regenerative agriculture practices.
The Good Samaritan Urban Farm is a 1-acre Certified Naturally Grown farm located on the property of The Good Samaritan Health Center in Atlanta's Bankhead neighborhood. The Farm serves to be an innovative healthcare initiative providing locally-grown, fresh produce to patients & community members within The Good Samaritan Health Center. The Farm hosts a daily farm stand to help create access to the patients and community who are on-site for appointments or visiting the campus, who may not otherwise have easy access to affordable, fresh produce.
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. They work to achieve this mission through employment and mentorship of young farmers, their farmer collaborative CSA model, and servant leadership to good food and farm organizations.
Lumenous Healing is an urban farmlette in South East Atlanta that started on a vacant lot by two homeschooling mamas. These women are called to nourish their families, themselves, and their community. Lumenous Healing grows medicinal herbs, flowers, and heirloom veggies without pesticides or chemical fertilizers all on a tight budget. It's a happy place for children, pets, plants, and pollinators to grow and play. Sharing compost keeps them flourishing!
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!
Trellis Horticultural Therapy Alliance uses the power of plants and gardening to improve the quality of life for people living with physical, cognitive and mental health challenges. Those they serve include those in recovery from brain and spinal cord injury, stroke survivors, the incarcerated, and elders. The Ability Garden at Callanwolde is a fully wheelchair accessible garden and greenhouse that offers supported therapeutic gardening programs for adults and youth. The Ability Garden and its programs strive to provide horticultural activities with purpose while fostering independence, improving self-confidence and rebuilding social connections. Groups that depend on the Ability Garden include special education students from Atlanta’s Inman and David T. Howard middle schools, Emory Stroke Survivor’s Support Group, the Ruby D. Neeson Diabetes Foundation, and past patients from the Shepherd Center.
Wild Combination Organic Farm is a small diversified vegetable and herb farm in Atlanta, Georgia devoted to a composite framework binding food autonomy, environmental regeneration, land stewardship and shared access to resources for healthy community. They want to reactivate dormant inner connectivity between human bodies, minds, and their place among plants, animals and earth, while reimagining work and labor as a collective, egoless fount of purpose and the thing of life itself. Founder Valentina got their start and love for farming as a full-time crew member at Aluma Farm and never looked back. They love smallness, depth, and balance, and a life lived outdoors!
Wylde Center connects people to nature through environmental education and urban greenspaces. They accomplish this through educational programs, events and five greenspaces that engage metro-Atlanta youth, families and individuals in their environment, health and community, and that develop skills in environmental science, sustainable urban living, organic gardening, health, and nutrition.
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.
Our Charleston School Garden Partners currently include: Daniel Island School and Community Garden. When you share your earned compost with Charleston County Schools, these participating schools can request compost delivery to be used in their school gardens to grow healthy food and educate students about the importance of healthy soil!
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.
Keep North Charleston Beautiful (KNCB) is an award-winning affiliate of Keep America Beautiful. KNCB is a non-profit organization that works to enhance the beauty and image of the City of North Charleston through hands-on beautification efforts, through education, and by supporting community cleanups. KNCB’s ultimate goal is to create a community where people want to live, work, and play. One of KNCB's many activities is to maintain butterfly gardens throughout North Charleston to support the pollinator population, including butterflies, bees, and hummingbirds. These gardens are educational community gardens for everyone to enjoy!
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!
Located on Wilson Street in Chapel Hill, NC, Carolina 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.
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
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.
Hope Gardens creates a community space that fosters relationships, educates the community, and addresses barriers to food access through shared efforts in sustainable agriculture. Hope Gardens functions as a bridge between the student community at UNC-Chapel Hill and the larger Chapel Hill community. It is a student-run non-profit that creates a space for students and the community of Chapel Hill to learn about and grow their own food side-by-side. Additionally, all of the produce grown by students through Hope Gardens is donated through UNC's Food Recovery Network chapter, another non-profit student organization that distributes food donations to local shelters and food pantries so that produce gets to people in need.
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.
The primary mission of the Passage Home Community Garden is to address food insecurities and increase community activism. The Community Garden located next to their main office at, 513 Bragg St. in Raleigh offers over 20 different types of vegetables and fruit at little to no cost. Almost entirely community-led, Passage Home invites you to join them in supporting one another through fresh food, community, and health.
Raleigh City Farm is a nonprofit urban farm founded in 2011 on a formerly vacant one-acre lot in downtown Raleigh. They believe in the power of urban farms to create healthier communities and reconnect city dwellers with healthy food production through more frequent encounters with agriculture.
Their mission is to grow the next generation of farmers by connecting the community to sustainable agriculture. An estimated 15,000 people pass by the Farm each day, offering them a chance to see that a city's food doesn't have to come from the country or far away.
They invite the community to “dig in” and advance their mission by purchasing produce from their weekly Farmstand, taking a tour, attending a special event, signing up for a workshop, and volunteering to help maintain their farm site.
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.
Simple Gifts Community Garden's mission is to help return to the simple and joyful life which God intended for us. They seek to accomplish this by using the gifts of land, time, talent and resources available to them to produce fresh, organic fruits and vegetables while also building lasting friendships and cooperation within their community. They will also share the knowledge of sustainable organic gardening practices, creation care and planting for pollinators with each other and those in need within their community.
South Estes Community Garden is located in the South Estes/Ridgefield area of Chapel Hill. The garden's mission is to enhance community, promote community engagement, share information about sustainable food production, and provide general education about health and nutrition. Primarily operated by public housing residents and community volunteers, the garden is a great tool to build inclusive community and share knowledge across cultural boundaries.
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.
The Women's Center Garden feeds and changes the lives of the women in the community who are facing trauma, abuse, mental illness and homelessness. The garden also feeds individuals and families who are food insecure by donating a large portion of the harvest to local food banks. Their goal is to create a peaceful place for healing and transformation for women and the community to come together to learn and grow as they grow food for those in the community who are home and food insecure. The Women's Center provides life saving services and basic needs to women facing trauma, assault, abuse, mental illness and homelessness.
Our Wake County School Garden Partners currently include: Northwoods Elementary School and The Franciscan School. When you share your earned compost with Wake County Schools, the participating schools can request compost delivery to be used in their school gardens to grow healthy food and educate students about the importance of healthy soil!
* Includes members that have shared all or a portion of their compost with this garden at least once in the last six months.