Community Garden Mentor Training

Saturday, December 6, 9am-3pm

Saturday, December 13, 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. 


Backyard Conservation Practices

November 20, 12pm-1pm

Frank L Horton Museum Center in Old Salem 

924 S. Main Street Winston-Salem

Explore several ways that you can apply conservation practices to your yard while adding beauty and diversity to your surroundings. Learn to develop a plan for your own backyard that will help protect soil, water, air, plant and animal resources. This lunch time workshop will last about one hour. Attendees may bring a lunch; beverages provided. For more information or to register, please visit the Old Salem website or email program coordinator Vonnie Hannah.

GROW Workshops
Various locations, dates, and times

NC Community Garden Partners is pleased to announce that a series of workshops for community garden leaders will be held across North Carolina this fall. These one-day events will focus on topics such as soil health, plant selection and propagation; integrated pest and disease management; and using season extension to expand the growing season. For more information, please visit the NCCGP website or email project coordinator Maria Hitt.

Keynote Lecture by Vandana Shiva
Challenges & Realities of Feeding the World

November 4, 7pm - 9pm
Wake Forest University
Wait Chapel

Who really feeds the world? There is a common conception that industrial agriculture feeds the world. While only 30% of the world's food is actually produced on large-scale farms, industrial agriculture is a primary contributor to the ecological destruction of the planet. Additionally, according to the IUCN, 75% of the genetic diversity of agricultural crops has been lost. 

Over the last 30 years, Navdanya, a participatory research initiative founded by Dr. Vandana Shiva, has shown that biodiversity-based agriculture produces more nutrition and health per acre and increases the incomes of small farmers. 

In this keynote lecture, Dr. Shiva will address the myths that allow an unsustainable, unjust, violent system of food production to dominate our discourse, while the initiatives and movements that are creating sustainability, justice, and peace are marginalized.

For more information on this event, which is co-sponsored by a number of groups and departments at Wake Forest University, please click here. 
FCG'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
How much produce did your community garden grow this year? Click here to fill out the harvest form and brag on yourself and your garden! Forsyth Community Gardening collects this data to measure the impact of community gardens on our local foodshed. 

Thank you for recording & sharing your harvest totals!
I hope y'all had a Happy Halloween! I saw some great heirloom pumpkins out on porches this year. Send me a picture of the proudest pumpkin grown at your garden and I'll feature the winner in next month's newsletter!
     Since we're talking about pumpkins, the 2014 season must be drawing to a close... which means it's time to collect harvest data. Be sure to fill out the form mentioned at the top of this newsletter so that I can record how much your garden grew. 
     As we enter the "off season" for growing plants, remember that this is a great time to grow community support for your garden! You can brush up on your community organizing skills by attending the two-day Community Garden Mentor training next month. The training is free and becoming a Mentor will benefit your garden and your community-plus it's a ton of fun! 
     Finally, many thanks to everyone who completed the Garden Directory Update Survey. The Directory has been updated, so go check it out! 
Thanks for all you do to help our community grow!

Community Gardening Coordinator
Forsyth Cooperative Extension
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This is the fifth 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! 
Contact Alison Duncan, Forsyth County's Community Gardening Coordinator.
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