MAY 2015

Backyard Chicken Basics

Thursday, May 7 



Join us to learn about raising chicks, free ranging your hens, biosecurity, making the most of your flock, and more! Refreshments will be served. Click here to register for this class. 


Cover Crops 

in the Garden

Tuesday, May 19 

6:00 - 7:30pm


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 will be held at the Forsyth County Agriculture Building: 1450 Fairchild Road, Winston-Salem, 27105.  There is no cost to attend.

Construction of Terrariums

Wednesday, May 20



Tanglewood Arboretum Office 

4201 Manor House Circle, Clemmons, 27012


Rita Biggs, Forsyth County Extension Master Gardener Volunteer, will demonstrate the creation of elegant terrariums using native plant materials found in our local environment. She will discuss the materials and tools that are needed to create and care for terrariums. To register, click here or call 703-2850. 

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

Free Tomato Transplants
I've got some heirloom tomato transplants here at the office (1450 Fairchild Road). Swing by during regular business hours to pick some up for your community garden. These plants are available on a first come, first served basis.

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. 
Are your tomatoes in the ground?? It's such an exciting time of year- and the weather is so nice! These days, I could spend all day outside in the garden.
     If you haven't looked yet, be sure to check out the  new online tool lending form.  Wheelbarrows, tillers, shovels... we've got 'em all and we'd love to lend them to your community garden. 
     On the community activism front, I encourage you to attend the City Council's public hearing on the proposed Urban Agriculture Ordinance on Monday, May 4th at 7pm. This ordinance is good news for community gardens, so come out and show your support.
     As you dig in for the growing season, remember that Forsyth Community Gardening is here to help you. D on'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
Urban Agriculture Ordinance Hearing

Monday, May 4, 7pm


City Hall

101 N Main Street

Winston-Salem, 27101



The Winston-Salem City Council is considering adopting a new Urban Agriculture Ordinance that will positively impact community gardeners. Come show your support for the ordinance by attending the May 4th meeting at City Hall! All community gardeners are encouraged to attend!

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This is the eleventh 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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Forsyth County Center
1450 Fairchild Road
Winston-Salem, NC

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