Forsyth Community Gardening’s mission is to support residents in establishing and sustaining community gardens,
primarily by developing local leaders’ skills in community organizing and sustainable horticulture.
By growing gardens and garden leaders, we seek to improve residents’ access to fresh produce and nutrition,
enhance environmental quality, provide outdoor educational opportunities for all ages, and promote social well-being.
To accomplish our mission, Forsyth Community Gardening offers educational programs, networking opportunities,
and other resources to current and aspiring community gardens and groups. Aspects of our program include:
- Training and support for community garden leaders through our
Community Garden Mentor Program
- A year-round series of free workshops on sustainable
horticulture and garden organizing, many of which involve hands-on practice in community gardens.
- An ever-growing compilation of written resources for community
gardeners and educators many of which are tailored to our Piedmont region and urban context.
- Technical assistance to garden groups, including guidance in starting a community garden,
garden organizing, horticultural practices, and garden-based curricula.
- An online Map and Directory of gardens and food pantries that accept fresh produce, to
connect aspiring gardeners with a place to get their hands dirty, and current gardeners with opportunities to share with those in need.
- Access to low-to no-cost resources, including a
Tool Lending Program a Seed Bank and microgrants
for gardens in limited-resource communities.
- Partnerships with other organizations, such as the
Forsyth Community Food Consortium to realize collaborative projects and build policy support for urban agriculture and community-based food systems.
- Coming in 2017!: An urban agriculture internship for high school youth from northeast Winston-Salem, including hands-on training in growing and marketing fresh produce
and workshops in cooking and nutrition, leadership, life skills, and social justice. This is part of a
Healthy Eating Initiative funded by the United Way Place Matters Program.