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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 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

Community Gardens

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.

  • Please register for these programs online or call 336-703-2850.
  • For Spanish interpretation or accommodation requests related to a disability, please call 336-705-8823 at least two weeks before the event.

Seed Starting

Vegetable Variety Selection & Seed-Starting
Thursday, February 15, 6-8 pm
N.C. Cooperative Extension (1450 Fairchild Rd, Winston-Salem)

Learn to select vegetable varieties that will resist disease and thrive in our area, then plant seeds to take home!

Neal Place

Organic Gardening Basics
Monday, April 9, 6-8 pm
Walkertown Library (2969 Main St, Walkertown)

Come learn the basics of organic gardening, from building healthy soil, to proper watering, to managing weeds, insects, and diseases in environmentally-friendly ways.

Sun Gold

Trellising & Tips for Healthy Tomatoes
Tuesday, June 5, 6-8 pm
Carver High School Garden (3545 Carver School Rd, Winston-Salem)
IMPORTANT DIRECTIONS: Please park in the lot between the tennis courts and the Carl Russell Recreation Center (south of the school). Follow the sidewalk downhill to the garden.

Do you end up with a ‘tomato jungle’ part way through the season? Come practice trellising and pruning tomatoes to keep foliage and fruits clean and minimize disease.


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.

  • Por favor regístrese para estos programas en línea o llame al 336-703-2850.
  • 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.

Seed Starting

Selección de Variedades de Hortalizas y Siembra de Semilleros
jueves, 15 de febrero, 6-8 pm
Extensión Cooperativa de N.C. (1450 Fairchild Rd, Winston-Salem)

Aprenda a seleccionar variedades de hortalizas que resistirán las enfermedades y prosperarán en nuestro lugar, y ¡luego siembre semillas para llevar a casa!

Neal Place

La Horticultura Orgánica: Lo Básico
lunes, 9 de abril, 6-8 pm
Walkertown Library (2969 Main St, Walkertown)

Venga y aprenda los principios básicos de la horticultura orgánica, incluso la construcción de tierra saludable, el riego adecuado, y el manejo de malezas, insectos, y enfermedades de una manera ecológica.

Sun Gold

El Enrejado para Tomates Saludables
martes, 5 de junio, 6-8 pm
Huerto de Carver High School (3545 Carver School Rd, Winston-Salem)
DIRECCIONES IMPORTANTES: Por favor aparque en el estacionamiento entre las canchas de tenis y el Centro de Recreación Carl Russell (al sur de la escuela). Siga el camino cuesta abajo hacia el huerto.

¿Termina con una ‘selva de tomate’ durante la temporada? Venga a practicar el enrejado y la poda de tomates para mantener el follaje y las frutas limpios y minimizar las enfermedades.

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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The ‘Cooking in the Garden’ has wrapped up for 2017 – please check back in Spring 2018! 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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Ya llevamos a cabo todos los programas de ‘Cocinando en el Huerto’ para el 2017 – por favor, visite esta página otra vez en la primavera del 2018!

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!