Forsyth Community Gardening is starting a youth program, and we need your help! Learn more at our Youth and Community Gardens page, and consider making a donation to support this work! Thank you!

Are you interested in starting a community garden in Forsyth County? Please visit our Start a Garden page to learn about the process and access resources to help you get started.

1450 Fairchild Road
Winston-Salem, NC 27105

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Programs

Mentors

Forsyth Community Gardening offers a number of educational programs designed for individuals who are interested in all aspects of community gardening. FCG engages a wide range of people in our programming: from those who are brand new to community gardening to those who have been involved with gardens for years. Whether you are interested in starting a new community garden, revitalizing an existing garden, learning about new techniques to use in your community’s garden, or just in finding out what the community garden movement is about, FCG has a program for you. Regardless of your age, skill level, or knowledge about gardening, you can help your community grow!

Read below for information about each of our programs. A list of documents related to our programs can be found on the FCG Documents page. If you have questions or would like to participate in a program, please contact Megan Gregory.

Community Garden Mentor Program

Community Gardens

Community Garden Mentors play a critical role in developing and sustaining community gardens in Forsyth County. Mentors provide consistent community organizing and horticultural guidance to a specific garden, and serve as a liaison to the Forsyth Community Gardening program. Participants first complete a two-day training centered on the American Community Garden Association's Growing Communities curriculum. After completing the initial training, Mentors are matched with a community garden in Forsyth County. To continually develop their knowledge skills, and networks, Mentors also attend monthly potlucks, Sustainable Growing Series workshops, and other horticultural programs offered by Forsyth Cooperative Extension.

There is no cost to participate in the Community Garden Mentor Program.

Becoming a Community Garden Mentor:
Forsyth Community Gardening offers the initial, two-day Community Garden Mentor training once a year, usually in late February. If you are interested in becoming a Mentor, please review the Community Garden Mentor Job Description to determine if the program is a good fit. Then, add your name to the Community Garden Mentor Interest Form. We will send you more information when plans for the next training are finalized. You are also welcome to contact the Community Gardening Coordinator if you’d like to get involved with Forsyth Community Gardening programs and begin attending Mentor meetings.

Requesting a Community Garden Mentor:
If you would like a Mentor to help you start, revitalize, or sustain a community garden, please fill out the Mentor Request Form and return it to Megan Gregory. However, the surest way to secure a Mentor for your garden is for you, and others involved with your garden, to become Mentors! Most people who complete the Community Garden Mentor training are already involved with a garden, so may not be available to assist in other places. Please see above for more information about becoming a Community Garden Mentor.

Sustainable Growing Series

The Sustainable Growing Series is a year-round series of FREE classes, workshops on horticultural and community organizing topics. Programs are geared toward community gardeners, but all are welcome!

Please see below for further information about upcoming programs, including registration links and workshop locations. Registration is greatly appreciated, though not required to attend. However, participants must register to receive any materials giveaways (for example, seeds, row cover, insect guides, etc.).

Upcoming programs are listed below.

Yarrow

Mason wasp (predator of cabbageworms) on Mountain Mint.

Insects in the Vegetable Garden: Attracting Beneficials, Managing Pests
(Insectos en el Huerto: Atrayendo los Beneficiosos, Controlando las Plagas)
Tuesday, March 21, 2017, 6:00-8:00 pm
Forsyth County Cooperative Extension (1450 Fairchild Rd., Winston-Salem NC 27105)

In this workshop, you’ll learn to encourage good insects and discourage the bad ones in your vegetable garden! We’ll discuss: how to create habitat for beneficial insects with native plants and cover crops, cultural practices to prevent pest build-up, and strategies to manage specific pests like aphids, cabbage worms, squash bugs, and squash vine borer. We’ll also tour the native plant areas at Extension and demonstrate how to build a low tunnel to protect spring crops with row cover. Members of community gardens registered with FCG can receive row cover if they sign up for the workshop by Wednesday, March 15.

Please register online or by calling 336-703-2850. To request Spanish interpretation, child care, or accommodations for persons with disabilities, please call 336-705-8823 by March 8, 2017.

En este taller, ¡aprenderá a atraer a los insectos beneficiosos y controlar a las plagas en su huerto / jardín! Cubriremos: cómo crear hábitat para los insectos beneficiosos con plantas nativas y cultivos de cobertura, prácticas culturales para prevenir que se aumentan las plagas, y estrategias para controlar plagas específicas tales como los áfidos, los gusanos del repollo, los insectos del ayote, y la broca de la vid del ayote. Haremos un recorrido de las áreas con plantas nativas en la Extensión, y demostraremos cómo construir un túnel bajo para proteger los cultivos de la primavera con cubierta de hileras (row cover). Miembros de huertos comunitarios registrados con el Programa de Huertos Comunitarios pueden recibir cubierta de hileras si se inscriben a más tardar el miércoles 15 de marzo.

Por favor, regístrese en línea o llame 336-703-2850. Para pedir interpretación del programa en español, cuidado para niños, o adaptaciones para personas con discapacidades, por favor llame al 336-705-8823 a más tardar el 8 de marzo.

Watering for Healthy Vegetable Crops
Riego para Hortalizas Saludables
Tuesday, April 25, 2017, 6:00-8:00 pm
Winston-Salem Preparatory Academy Garden
(1215 N. Cameron Ave., Winston-Salem, NC 27101)

Peppers

In this workshop, we’ll share tips for watering your vegetable garden to prevent disease and achieve good yields and high-quality crops. You’ll learn how much, and how often, to water seeds, transplants, and established crops in different soil types. We’ll also put together a simple drip irrigation system, an excellent option for efficient watering.

Please register online or by calling 336-703-2850. To request Spanish interpretation, child care, or accommodations for persons with disabilities, please call 336-705-8823 by April 12, 2017.

Compartiremos consejos sobre el riego de su huerto para prevenir enfermedades y lograr cosechas abundantes y hortalizas de buena calidad. Aprenderá cuánto, y con qué frecuencia, debe regar las semillas, los trasplantes, y cultivos establecidos en tierras diferentes. Ensamblaremos un sistema sencillo de riego por goteo, una opción excelente para el riego eficaz.

Por favor, regístrese en línea o llame al 336-703-2850. Para pedir interpretación del programa en español, cuidado para niños, o adaptaciones para personas con discapacidades, por favor llame al 336-705-8823 a más tardar el 12 de abril, 2017.