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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 one to two times a year, depending on the number of people expressing interest. 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.

The next Community Garden Mentor Training will be held on February 18 & 25, 2017. Please apply by February 3, 2017. Program details and information on how to apply can be found below, on the Sustainable Growing Series section of our website.

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.

Community Gardening 101 / Introducción a los Huertos Comunitarios
Tuesday, January 24, 6:00-8:00 pm
Forsyth County Cooperative Extension (1450 Fairchild Rd., Winston-Salem NC 27105)
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Do you want to start or revitalize a community garden this year? Now is the time to plan! In this workshop, you’ll learn key steps for involving your neighbors and organizing, designing, and planting your garden together. Whether you’re starting a new garden or strengthening an established one, you’ll leave with useful practices and resources for achieving your goals. Please register online or call 336-703-2850. To request Spanish translation, please call 336-705-8823 by January 10.

¿Quiere empezar o fortalecer a un huerto/jardín comunitario este año? ¡Ahora es tiempo para planificar! En este taller, Ud. aprenderá los pasos para involucrar a sus vecinos y organizar, diseñar, y sembrar su huerto juntos. Si está empezando un huerto nuevo o fortaleciendo un huerto establecido, saldrá con prácticas y recursos útiles para lograr sus metas. Por favor, regístrese en línea o llame 336-703-2850. Para pedir interpretación del programa en español, por favor llame al 336-705-8823 a más tardar el 10 de enero.

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Community Garden Mentor Training
Capacitación para Mentores de Huertos Comunitarios
Applications due: February 3, 2017
Training: February 18 & 25, 9:30 am – 4:00 pm, both days
Forsyth County Cooperative Extension (1450 Fairchild Rd., Winston-Salem NC 27105)

Do you want to help your community grow healthy food, beautify your neighborhood, and bring people together? Apply to be a Community Garden Mentor! In our two-day Mentor Training, you’ll gain the community organizing skills and basic horticultural knowledge you need to start and sustain a community garden. Please apply by February 3. You may apply online or download, fill out, and return a paper application. If a written application is difficult for you, please contact Megan at 336-705-8823 to set up an interview. To request Spanish translation, please contact Megan at 336-705-8823 by January 23.

¿Desea ayudar a su comunidad a cultivar verduras sanas, cuidar el medio ambiente, y unir a los vecinos? ¡Aplíquese a participar en la capacitación para Mentores de Huertos Comunitarios! En este capacitación de dos días, Ud. obtendrá las habilidades de la organización comunitaria y el conocimiento sobre la horticultura que necesita para empezar y sostener un huerto comunitario. Por favor, aplíquese a más tardar el 3 de febrero. Puede aplicarse en linea o descargar, llenar, y devolver una aplicación en papel. Si una aplicación escrita se le hace difícil, por favor llame a Megan al 336-705-8823 para programar una entrevista. Para pedir interpretación del programa en español, por favor llame a Megan al 336-705-8823 a más tardar el 23 de enero.