Guilford COUNTY CENTER / Community Gardens
January Community Garden Newsletter
January 24, 2020

Happy New Year, all! 
For 2020, we are trying out a new format to connect with community gardener in Guilford County. Instead of sending out the GardenWise Newsletter three times a year, we will send out a shorter, monthly update to community gardeners. Please share this newsletter with other community gardeners in Guilford County.

Free seeds for community & school gardens!  February 1 & 8, 10am-12pm
Feb 1: N.C. Cooperative Extension Guilford County Center
Feb 8: High Point Public Library

Do you collect seeds? Bring seeds from last year to share. Gardening experts will be available to answer questions and get you started.   Note We're asking that this event not be posted publicly, instead share it directly with individuals and groups who are part of, or starting, school or community gardens. 
Guilford Community Garden Directory
We are creating a community garden directory, and we need your help! We ask that ALL community & school gardens please submit an entry online by February 2020. This will help us direct volunteers and gardeners to your garden, and will take less than 10 minutes. If you need assistance filling out the form, please contact Quina to set up a time to stop by the office ( jjwebers@ncsu.edu or 336-641-2427). Thank you for your collaboration!
Community Garden Leaders Training: February 22 & 29, 9:30a-4p
A free 2-day intensive training for community garden leaders. This training will cover the community building skills and basic horticultural knowledge needed to start and sustain a community garden. Are you a new community & school garden leader? An existing garden leader? Someone who wants to mentor and support community gardens in Guilford County? JOIN US! Limited spaces remain.
2020 Extension Master Gardener Educational Classes
Want to know how to plan and plant for pollinators? Have limited space but still want to grow some vegetables and culinary herbs? For 2020, the Master Gardener volunteers will be offering these series available to the public. Sign up for as many free classes as you like!
Read more and register at the   NC Cooperative Extension Guilford County website»
Community Garden Start-up Grant Now Open
The purpose of the Start-Up Grant Program is to provide funding and mentoring for new Guilford County community gardens. Applicaiton deadline is March 2, 2020. Four (4) grants in the amount of $250 each will be dispersed to recipients on March 23, 2020. Funds may be used to purchase garden supplies and equipment. Some examples of appropriate items are soil amendments, seeds, plants, garden tools, hoses, row covers, and raised bed construction materials. Sponsored by NC Extension and MASTER GARDENER volunteers.  For grant details and to apply visit:  http://go.ncsu.edu/communitygardengrant .
 
For a paper application email Lauren Taubert . Questions about the grant process may be directed to Deborah Pelli .