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 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 Community Garden Mentor Program for garden organizers, hands-on workshops in sustainable horticulture through the Sustainable Growing Series, 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).

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.

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

This fall, Forsyth Community Gardening is teaming up with Extension’s Horticulture programs to offer the Forsyth Extension Gardener Workshop Series!

  • Please register by email at coop-ext-registration@forsyth.cc or call 336-703-2850. If you are a member of a community garden please indicate this when you register in order to receive information about materials giveaways.
  • For Spanish interpretation or accommodation requests related to a disability, please call 336-705-8823 at least two weeks before the event.

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Fall Lawn Renovations
Thursday, September 7, 5:30-7:30 PM
Habitat for Humanity, 1023 W. 14th Street, Winston-Salem, NC 27105

Grow a healthy lawn with minimal impact on the environment. This session will focus on fall lawn renovations, including equipment demonstrations.

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Building Healthy Soil: Cover Crops have Got it Covered!
Tuesday, September 19, 5:30-7:30 PM (Rain date: Tuesday, September 26)
WFU Campus Garden, 1141 Polo Rd., Winston-Salem NC 27106

Would you like to improve your garden soil, add nitrogen for next year's veggies, and start with a weed-free plot next Spring? In this workshop, learn to select and plant cover crops this fall for a healthier vegetable garden next season. We’ll discuss cover crop options for NC and planning a crop rotation with cover crops. You’ll try your hand at planting a winter cover crop, and we will share tips on managing these cover crops next Spring to prepare plots for summer vegetables. Please bring a lawn chair.

Members of community gardens registered in FCG’s Garden Directory who attend the full workshop will have priority for receiving seeds of over-wintering cover crops, to be distributed at Cooperative Extension beginning September 20.

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Season Extension
October 3, 5:30-7:30 PM (Rain date: Thursday, October 12)
Apple and Green City Farm, 919 Apple St. SW, Winston-Salem NC 27101

Grow a Zone 8 garden with season extension! Learn how to extend your growing season with a variety of techniques old and new. You´ll see examples of season extension and participate in hands on activity, including setting up low tunnels. Please bring a lawn chair.

The first 20 members of community gardens registered in FCG’s Garden Directory to sign up for and attend the full workshop will receive materials to build a low tunnel, to be distributed at Cooperative Extension from October 4-6.

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Soil Microbiology
Thursday, October 26, 6:00-8:00 PM
Forsyth Cooperative Extension, 1450 Fairchild Rd., Winston-Salem NC 27105

Learn why a healthy soil ecosystem is important for growing successful gardens. Steps for establishing and supporting healthy soil life will be presented along with a hands-on activity for analyzing your soil health. Participants are asked to bring a quart sample of their garden soil for testing.


¡Este otoño, el Programa de Huertos Comunitarios está colaborando con los programas de horticultura para ofrecer la Serie de Talleres sobre la Horticultura de la Extensión!

  • Por favor regístrese por correo electrónico al coop-ext-registration@forsyth.cc o llame al 336-703-2850. Si Ud. es un miembro/a de un huerto comunitario, por favor proporcione esta información cuando se registre para recibir más información sobre materiales gratis.
  • Para pedir interpretación en español o adaptaciones relacionadas con una discapacidad, por favor llame al 336-705-8823 por lo menos dos semanas antes del evento.

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Renovaciones de césped del otoño
jueves, 7 de septiembre, 5:30-7:30 PM
Habitat for Humanity, 1023 W. 14th Street, Winston-Salem, NC 27105

Establezca un césped saludable con un impacto mínimo en el medio ambiente. Esta sesión se enfocará en renovaciones de césped del otoño, incluyendo demostraciones de equipos.

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¡Construya Tierra Saludable con Cultivos de Cobertura!
martes, 19 de septiembre, 5:30-7:30 PM (Fecha alternativa en caso de lluvia: 26 de septiembre)
WFU Campus Garden, 1141 Polo Rd., Winston-Salem NC 27106

¿Le gustaría mejorar la tierra de su huerto, agregar nitrógeno para las hortalizas, y comenzar con una parcela libre de malas hierbas la próxima primavera? En este taller, aprenderá a seleccionar y sembrar cultivos de cobertura este otoño para un huerto más productivo la próxima temporada. Hablaremos sobre opciones de cultivos de cobertura para NC y cómo planear una rotación de cultivos con cultivos de cobertura. Ud. practicará la siembra de un cultivo de cobertura del invierno, y compartiremos consejos sobre el manejo de estos cultivos de cobertura la próxima primavera para preparar las parcelas para hortalizas del verano. Por favor traiga sillas del jardín.

Miembros de huertos comunitarios registrados en el Directorio de Huertos que asistan al taller completo tendrán prioridad para recibir semillas de cultivos de cobertura, las cuales se distribuirán en la Extensión Cooperativa a partir del 20 de septiembre.

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Extensión de la Temporada
3 de octubre, 5:30-7:30 pm (Fecha alternativa en caso de lluvia: 12 de octubre)
Apple and Green City Farm, 919 Apple St. SW, Winston-Salem NC 27101

Cultive un huerto de la Zona 8 con la extensión de la temporada. Aprenda cómo extender la temporada de cultivar hortalizas con una variedad de técnicas ancianas y nuevas. Verá ejemplos de la extensión de la temporada y participará en una práctica que incluirá la creación de túneles bajos. Por favor traiga sillas del jardín.

Los primeros 20 miembros de huertos comunitarios registrados en el Directorio de Huertos que se registren y asistan el taller completo recibirán materiales para construir un túnel bajo, los cuales se distribuirán en la Extensión Cooperativa del 4 de octubre – 6 de octubre.

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Microbiología de la Tierra
jueves, 26 de octubre, 6:00-8:00 pm
Extensión Cooperativa, 1450 Fairchild Rd., Winston-Salem NC 27105

Aprenda por qué un ecosistema de tierra saludable es importante para el cultivo de huertos exitosos. Se presentarán los pasos para establecer y apoyar la vida saludable de la tierra junto con una actividad práctica para analizar la salud de su tierra. A los participantes se les pide que traigan una muestra de un cuarto de la tierra de su huerto para los análisis.

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. 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 July-September 2017.

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

Monday, August 21, 6:00 pm
Trinity Presbyterian Church Garden
1416 Bolton St.

Thursday, Sept. 28, 6:00 pm
Diggs-Latham Elementary School Garden
986 Hutton St. (Please use entrance to the south of the school and park around back.)


Cocinando en el Huerto es una serie de recorridos de huertos y demostraciones de cocina saludable con verduras de temporada. Los Mentores 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.

Descargue un volante sobre Cocinando en el Huerto para julio – septiembre del 2017.

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miércoles, 26 de Julio, 11:00 am
Sprague St Community Center
1350 E Sprague St

lunes, 21 de agosto, 6:00 pm
Trinity Presbyterian Church Garden
1416 Bolton St.

jueves, 28 de septiembre, 6:00 pm
Diggs-Latham Elementary School Garden
986 Hutton St. (Por favor, utilice la entrada al sur de la escuela y aparque detrás.)