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

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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!

Upcoming Sustainable Growing Series workshops are listed below.

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Composting for Community and Home Gardens
(El Compostaje para los Huertos Comunitarios y Caseros)
Saturday, June 24, 1:00-3:00 pm
Youth Garden at Carver High School
3545 Carver School Rd., Winston-Salem

Learn to turn kitchen and yard waste into a valuable soil amendment for your garden! We’ll demonstrate how to build a compost bin from wood pallets, then discuss what to compost, how to construct and maintain a compost pile, and how to use the finished product.

Please register online or by calling 336-703-2850. To request Spanish interpretation and/or child care, please call 336-705-8823 by June 9. Please bring a lawn chair!

¡Aprenda a transformar los desechos de la cocina y del jardín en una valiosa enmienda para la tierra de su huerto! Demostraremos cómo construir una compostadora de paletas de madera, y entonces hablaremos sobre los beneficios del compost, cómo construir y mantener una pila de compost, y cómo utilizar el producto final.

Por favor, regístrese en línea o llame 336-703-2850. Para pedir interpretación del programa en español y/o cuidado para niños, por favor llame al 336-705-8823 a más tardar el 9 de junio. ¡Por favor traiga una silla del jardín!

Cooking in the Garden

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Cooking in the Garden is a series of garden tours and healthy cooking demonstrations featuring seasonal produce. Community Garden Mentors 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.

Download a Cooking in the Garden flyer for May–July 2017.

Monday, May 22, 6:00 pm
Forsyth Cooperative Extension Demonstration Garden
1450 Fairchild Rd

Thursday, June 29, 6:00 pm
Simon’s Green Acre Garden at The Enterprise Center
1922 S Martin Luther King Dr

Wednesday, July 26, 11:00 am
Sprague St. Community Center Garden
1350 E Sprague St