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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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Container Gardening Workshop + Cooking Demonstration
Thursday, September 6, 12:00-1:00 pm
Malloy/Jordan Library (1110 East 7th St., Winston-Salem NC 27101)

No registration is required. To request Spanish interpretation, please call 336-705-8823 by August 29.

Come learn to grow vegetables and herbs in containers! We will discuss container and plant selection, growing media, planting calendars, and how to water and fertilize your container garden for an abundant harvest. Then we’ll enjoy a cooking demonstration using herbs that can be grown in containers.
For those interested in gardening on a larger scale, we will share resources for getting started with a home or community garden. A tour of the garden behind the Public Health building will follow the workshop.


Accommodation requests related to a disability should be made at least 10 days prior to the event by contacting the Malloy/Jordan Library at 336-703-2950.


A continuación se detallan los talleres próximos.

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Huertos en Contenedores + Demostración de Cocina
jueves, 6 de septiembre, 12:00-1:00 pm
Biblioteca Malloy/Jordan (1110 East 7th St, Winston-Salem NC 27101)

No se requiere inscripción. Para pedir interpretación en español, por favor llame al 336-705-8823 antes del 29 de agosto.

¡Venga a aprender a cultivar hortalizas y hierbas en contenedores! Trataremos la selección de contenedores y plantas, tierra para macetas, los calendarios de siembra, y cómo regar y fertilizar su huerto en contenedores para obtener una cosecha abundante. Luego disfrutaremos de una demostración de cocina con hierbas que se pueden cultivar en contenedores.
Para aquellos que le interesen cultivar un huerto más grande, compartiremos recursos para comenzar con un huerto casero o comunitario. Un recorrido por el huerto detrás del edificio de Salud Pública seguirá el taller.


Las solicitudes de adaptaciones relacionadas con una discapacidad se deben hacer por lo menos 10 días antes del evento poniéndose en contacto con la Biblioteca Malloy/Jordan al 336-703-2950.

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!