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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Youth and Community Gardens Program

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Starting in Spring 2017, Forsyth Community Gardening will offer a Youth Urban Gardening Internship for students from northeast Winston-Salem! Youth will grow fresh produce, learn sustainable gardening practices, cook healthy meals, and participate in workshops on leadership, life skills, and social justice issues in our food system.

Read on to learn how you can support this new program, how to get involved, and our partners in this work!

Help our Community Grow!

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We believe that youth can be leaders in building healthy communities where all have access to fresh produce. Your gift can help make this a reality by supporting development of a youth garden site, tools and supplies, youth intern stipends, transportation assistance, and more:

$250 provides for one Youth Intern’s monthly stipend.

$300 will pay for a drip irrigation system for a quarter-acre youth market garden.

$2,250 provides for one Youth Intern’s stipend for a full 9-month growing season.

You may donate online, by mail, and/or by volunteering:

  • Donate to the Youth and Community Gardens Program online
  • To donate by mail, please:
    • Make your check payable to NC Agricultural Foundation, Inc.
    • Write "Forsyth YCGP" in the memo line.
    • Mail to Forsyth County Cooperative Extension, 1450 Fairchild Rd., Winston-Salem NC 27105
    • Please include your full name, address, phone, and email so we may send you a receipt and our thanks!
  • To contribute by volunteering, please contact Julie Hale, Youth and Community Gardens Coordinator for the Healthy Eating Initiative.

Fundraising efforts for the Youth and Community Gardens Program operate under the auspices of the North Carolina Agricultural Foundation, Inc., a 501(c)3 non-profit, Tax ID 56-6049304. You will receive an official receipt for your donation.

The Program: Youth Urban Gardening Internship

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Starting in Spring 2017, we will offer paid internships for ten youth from northeast Winston-Salem! Youth must live or go to school in or near the 13 neighborhoods in that are the focus of the United Way Place Matters Program. Interns will work and learn two days per week after school and part-day on Saturdays.

Youth participating in the internship will:

  • Grow and market fresh produce using environmentally-friendly gardening practices
  • Learn to cook healthy meals
  • Engage in local food policy dialogues
  • Participate in workshops on leadership, life skills, and social justice issues in our food system
  • Teach others about gardening, environmental stewardship, and healthy eating.

Interns who complete the season successfully will have the opportunity to continue in the program, take on leadership roles, and receive a higher stipend.

For details and to request an application, please contact Julie Hale, Youth and Community Gardens Coordinator for the Healthy Eating Initiative.

The Context: Healthy Eating Initiative

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The Youth Urban Gardening Internship is part of the Healthy Eating Initiative, a partnership between Crisis Control Ministry, Forsyth Cooperative Extension, and Grace Presbyterian Church. By supporting community gardens, urban agriculture, and cooking and nutrition classes in northeast Winston-Salem, we will:

  • Improve access to healthy food
  • Educate individuals about nutrition
  • Assist urban gardeners and farmers in growing healthy food
  • Provide youth and adults with leadership, life skills, and job skills training.

The Healthy Eating Initiative is supported in part by the United Way Place Matters Program.