MARCH 2015

Community Garden Mentor Training 

Saturday, March 21, 9am-3pm

Saturday, March 28, 9am-3pm

Lunch and snacks provided


Do you care about your community? Do you enjoy gardening? Do you want to make a difference? Be a leader in your community! Become a Community Garden Mentor! Mentors play a critical role in supporting community gardens in Forsyth County. Participants in the program are trained in community organizing skills and basic horticultural practices so that they can effectively set up and sustain community gardens. Click here to register for this FREE two day training.  



The Community Garden Mentor Program is run by Forsyth Community Gardening. There is no cost to attend the training or participate in the program. 


Wednesday, March 18



Tanglewood Arboretum Office 

4201 Manor House Circle, Clemmons, 27012


Scott Welborn, Horticulture Agent and Director of the Arboretum and Gardens at Tanglewood, will share proper pruning practices for many different types of plants. Proper pruning equipment will also be addressed. To register, click here or call 703-2850. 

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

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. 

FCG Seed Bank

Forsyth Community Gardening has a Seed Bank that your community garden can access. The Seed Bank is home to thousands of seeds, so come pick some up for spring planting! Email Alison Duncan to set up a time to stop by the office and get your seeds.

FCG Microgrants
Forsyth Community Gardening's Microgrant Program supports gardens located in limited resource communities. Microgrants of up to $500 are awarded on an on-going basis and applications are accepted year-round. Email Alison Duncan to request an application

My chickens really enjoyed the snow last week: they built this giant snowhen in my backyard.

Wow, what a winter we've ended up having! I hope that y'all have
emerged from the snow drifts and are beginning to thaw out. The great news is that spring is just around the corner, and we all know what spring means: it's time to get growing in your community garden! 
     Forsyth Community Gardening is ready to help you grow: the tool shed has been restocked, reorganized and inventoried; the seed bank is overflowing; and spring classes in the Sustainable Growing Series will be announced soon. Let me know if you need to borrow any tools. And stay tuned, because I'm hoping to have some transplants to share in April.
     One last call to action: please consider taking the Community Garden Mentor class if you have not yet done so. The two-day training is a lot of fun and you'll become part of a network that is critical to community gardens' continued success in our area. Click here to register for the two-day Mentor Training. 
      Keep thinking warm thoughts and dreaming of your garden! 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
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This is the ninth 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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