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Winston-Salem, NC 27105

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Programs

Mentors

Forsyth Community Gardening offers educational programs for current and aspiring community gardeners of all ages and experience levels. We are pleased to offer Spanish interpretation at most programs with advance request to the Community Gardening Coordinator. Our programs include the Mentor Program for garden organizers, hands-on workshops in sustainable horticulture through the Forsyth Extension Gardener Workshops, and healthy cooking demonstrations featuring seasonal produce. Please read on for more information about each of these opportunities!


El Programa de Huertos Comunitarios ofrece programas educativos para los horticultores comunitarios de todas las edades y niveles de experiencia. Nos complace ofrecer la interpretación en español en la mayoría de los programas con solicitud previa. Para recibir información sobre nuestros programas en español, por favor contacte a la Coordinadora de Huertos Comunitarios por correo electrónico o llamando al 336-705-8823 (habla español).

Mentor Program

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Forsyth Community Gardening offers training and support for local leaders to serve as Mentors to community garden groups across the county. New Mentors first complete a two-day training covering the community organizing skills and basic horticultural knowledge needed to start and sustain a community garden. The training can be offered in English and Spanish.

After the initial training, Mentors are either matched with a community garden of their choosing to provide guidance (often a garden where they are already involved), or work with the Community Gardening Coordinator to identify a program-wide role based on their gifts. To continue growing their knowledge skills, and networks, Mentors also participate in potluck meetings, Forsyth Extension Gardener workshops, and a ‘buddy program’ that pairs Mentors for mutual support and learning. For program details, please see the Job Description for Mentors.

There is no cost to participate in the Mentor Program.

Becoming a Mentor with Forsyth Community Gardening:

Forsyth Community Gardening offers the initial, two-day training for new Mentors training once a year, in early Spring. If you are interested in becoming a Mentor to a community garden, please review the Job Description to ensure that the program is a good fit. Then, add your name to the Mentor Interest List. 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 potluck meetings.

Requesting a Mentor for your community garden:

If you would like a Mentor to help you start or strengthen a community garden, please fill out a Mentor Request Form online, or download a printable request form to complete and return to the Community Gardening Coordinator. However, please note that 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 our 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 mentor to your community garden.

Forsyth Extension Gardener Workshops

Para leer este información en español, por favor vea más abajo.

Join N.C. Cooperative Extension Horticulture and Community Gardening agents for free workshops on sustainable gardening practices! Programs cover vegetable and fruit production as well as landscape management. Please see below for information about upcoming programs. Registration is appreciated, though not required to attend. Spanish interpretation is available at all workshops with two weeks’ advance request (call 336-705-8823).

Upcoming Forsyth Extension Gardener workshops are listed below.

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Crop Planning and Autumn Gardens
Tuesday, July 17, 6:00-8:00 pm
Catholic Charities (1612 14th St NE, Winston-Salem NC 27105)
Please register online or call 336-703-2850.

Spanish interpretation will be available! If you need Spanish interpretation, please call 336-705-8823 by July 16 so that we can bring enough headsets.

What’s the best time of year to plant tomatoes? Can I really harvest fresh greens through November? How can I enrich my garden soil over the winter? Come find the answers to these questions and more at this workshop on crop planning!

Megan Gregory, Community Gardening Coordinator with N.C. Cooperative Extension, will discuss when to plant different vegetables and cover crops, and how to create crop rotations that keep your soil enriched and reduce disease problems. We will tour summer plantings at Catholic Charities’ garden, discuss what can be planted in the fall, and demonstrate how to build a low tunnel to keep greens growing into the winter. Participants will create a fall crop plan for their gardens. You are encouraged to bring a diagram of your planting areas and records of what has been planted in each bed over the past few years.

Accommodation requests related to a disability should be made at least 10 days prior to the event by contacting Kim Gressley, County Extension Director, at (336) 703-2850 or by email at ksgressl@ncsu.edu.


Únase a los agentes de Horticultura y Huertos Comunitarios de la Extensión Cooperativa para talleres gratuitos sobre la horticultura sostenibles. Las programas tratan la producción de hortalizas y frutas, así como la jardinería con plantas ornamentales. A continuación se detalla la información sobre los programas próximos. Le agradeceríamos que se registrara, pero no es obligatorio para asistir. La interpretación en español está disponible en todos los talleres con una solicitud con dos semanas de anticipación (llame al 336-705-8823).

A continuación se detallan los talleres próximos.

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Planeación de Cultivos y Huertos del Otoño
martes, 17 de julio, 6:00-8:00 pm
Catholic Charities (1612 14th St NE, Winston-Salem NC 27105)
Por favor, inscríbase en línea o llame al 336-703-2850.

¡Habrá interpretación en español! Si necesita interpretación en español, llame al 336-705-8823 antes del 16 de julio para que podamos llevar suficientes auriculares.

¿Cuál es la mejor temporada para plantar tomates? ¿Realmente puedo cosechar verduras de hoja verde hasta noviembre? ¿Cómo puedo enriquecer la tierra del huerto durante el invierno? ¡Venga a aprender las respuestas a estas preguntas y más en este taller sobre planeación de cultivos!

Megan Gregory, Coordinadora de Huertos Comunitarios con la Extensión Cooperativa de Carolina del Norte, compartirá cuándo se debe sembrar varias hortalizas y cultivos de cobertura, y cómo crear rotaciones de cultivos que enriquezcan su tierra y reduzcan los problemas de enfermedades. Recorreremos las hortalizas del verano en el huerto de Catholic Charities, discutiremos qué se puede sembrar en el otoño, y demostraremos cómo construir un túnel bajo para extender la cosecha de las verduras de hoja verde hasta el invierno. Los participantes harán un plan de cultivos para el otoño que viene en sus huertos. Le recomendamos que traiga un diagrama de sus áreas de plantación y notas sobre lo que se ha plantado en cada cama en los últimos años.

Las solicitudes de adaptaciones relacionadas con una discapacidad se deben hacer por lo menos 10 días antes del evento poniéndose en contacto con Kim Gressley, Director de Extensión del Condado, al (336) 703-2850 o por correo electrónico a ksgressl@ncsu.edu.

Cooking in the Garden

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Para leer este información en español, por favor vea más abajo.

Cooking in the Garden is a series of garden tours and healthy cooking demonstrations featuring seasonal produce. Mentors with Forsyth Community Gardening share about their garden plantings and practices, and nutrition educators teach participants to prepare a healthy recipe with vegetables from the garden. Spanish interpretation is available at all demonstrations! No registration is required; just come with an appetite to try new veggies and new recipes. Cooking in the Garden is a collaboration between Forsyth Community Gardening, the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program at Cooperative Extension, and Second Harvest Food Bank.


Upcoming cooking demonstrations are listed below.

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Please check back soon for the next cooking demonstration! In the meantime, click here to see a sampling of the recipes from 2017, including Zucchini and Squash Salad with Tomatoes, Veggie Wraps, Sweet Potato Hummus, and Butternut Squash and Kale Salad. Enjoy!


Cocinando en el Huerto es una serie de recorridos de huertos y demostraciones de cocina saludable con verduras de temporada. Los Mentors con el Programa de Huertos Comunitarios compartirán sobre sus cultivos y prácticas de horticultura, y los educadores de nutrición enseñarán a los participantes a preparar una receta saludable con verduras del huerto. Habrá interpretación en español en todas las demostraciones! No se requiere registración; ¡sólo venga con un apetito para probar nuevas verduras y nuevas recetas! Cocinando en el Huerto es una colaboración entre el Programa de Huertos Comunitarios y el Programa de Educación sobre Alimentos y Nutrición en la Extensión Cooperativa y Second Harvest Food Bank.

A continuación se detallan las demostraciones próximas.

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¡Por favor, visite esta página otra vez para enterarse de la próxima demostración de cocina!

Para mientras, haz clic aquí para ver unas de las recetas del 2017, incluyendo: Ensalada de Calabacines con Tomates, Envolturas Vegetarianas, Hummus de Camote (Batata), y Ensalada de la Calabaza Butternut y Col Rizada. ¡Disfrute!