THE BULLETIN BOARD
APRIL 2015
UPCOMING PROGRAMS
Small Scale 
Crop Rotation

April 28, 6pm-8pm

 

People have been practicing crop rotation for at least 8,000 years. This old school agricultural technique is still one of the best ways to cycle nutrients, combat diseases, and outsmart pests. During this class, we will discuss the basics of crop rotation and teach you how to practice it on a small scale in your home or community garden. Participants will be given the opportunity to create their own crop rotation and receive feedback. Come to the cover cropping class in May (see below) to build on what you learn in this class. Click here to register for this class. 

 

Cover Crops in the Garden

May 19, 6pm-8pm

 

Growing a cover crop is one of the best things you can do for your soil and, in turn, for your garden. Cover crops increase organic matter, reduce erosion, attract beneficial insects, and more. Come learn some cover cropping techniques that you can apply in your home or community garden, and plant a cover crop this summer or fall! This class builds on topics covered in April's crop rotation class, but may also be taken on its own. Click here to register for this class.

 

These classes are offered as a part of the Sustainable Growing Series. All classes will be held at 1450 Fairchild Road, Winston-Salem 27105   There is no cost to attend.

Plant Pollinators and Pollinator Gardens

Wednesday, March 22

11am-12pm

 

Tanglewood Arboretum Office 

4201 Manor House Circle, Clemmons, 27012

 

Debbie Roos, Chatham County Agricultural Extension Agent, will give an overview of North Carolina pollinators and will discuss the principles of planting a pollinator garden and how to select trees, shrubs, herbacous perennials, herbs, vines, and grasses to attract a diversity of pollinators. Debbie will emphasize native plants but will also include a few other plants that provide good resources. To register, click here or call 703-2850. 


This program is offered by Forsyth County Cooperative Extension. There is no cost to attend. 

RESOURCE CORNER
Free Leaf Compost

Tool Lending Program
The toolshed has been recently inventoried and organized and is ready to go for the 2015 season. And now there's a great online form for you to use to check out tools! Click here to reserve tools that you can use at your community garden.

CCAP Cost-Share Program
The Forsyth Soil & Water Conservation Office administers a cost-share program to help citizens implement water quality improvements on their property. Community gardens are eligible to apply for funding to help install items such as cisterns, rain gardens, and riparian buffers. Contact  Linda Birdsong   for more information and to apply. 
FIELD NOTES
Greetings!
Take a moment to breathe deeply and enjoy the fresh air... thank goodness Spring has finally sprung! I'm sure many of you are already hard at work in your gardens.
     As you begin the garden season, remember that Forsyth Community Gardening is here to help you grow. Be sure to check out the new online tool lending form and consider signing up for some of the classes in the Sustainable Growing Series. And look in the Resource Corner below for info on free leaf mulch compost.
       Have fun out there and don't hesitate to get in touch if I can be of any assistance.
     
Thanks for all you do to help our community grow!

Community Gardening Coordinator
Forsyth Cooperative Extension
COMMUNITY EVENTS
Moveable Feast 
Monday, April 13, 7pm


Forsyth County Extension Office

1450 Fairchild Road

Winston-Salem, 27105

 

The Forsyth Community Food Consortium will hold its Spring Moveable Feast Community Potluck at the County Extension office. Come celebrate the first anniversary of the Movable Feast and hear a panel of local farmers share their farm story. The public is invited to join in the local foods conversation and bring a dish to share.

 

Urban Agriculture Ordinance Hearing

Monday, May 4, 7pm

 

City Hall

101 N Main Street

Winston-Salem, 27101


The Winston-Salem City Council is considering whether or not to adopt a new Urban Agriculture Ordinance that will positively impact community gardeners. In March, the City Planning Board unanimously recommended approval of the ordinance. Come show your support for the Urban Agriculture Ordinance by attending the May 4th meeting at City Hall. 

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This is the tenth edition of The Bulletin Board, Forsyth Community Gardening's monthly newsletter. This publication highlights information related to community gardening in our area, keeping you informed about and inspired by this growing movement in our community. Read it every month to find out about upcoming educational opportunities, garden resource giveaways, networking opportunities, and more!
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Contact  Alison Duncan , Forsyth County's Community Gardening Coordinator.
 
  
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Forsyth County Center
1450 Fairchild Road
Winston-Salem, NC
27105

(336) 703-2850