Annual Statewide Conference

Head to the mountains for a day of learning and networking with other passionate community gardeners from across North Carolina! This annual event is hosted by North Carolina Community Garden Partners (NCCGP), a statewide organization that works to support and strengthen community gardening efforts across North Carolina. 


The 2014 gathering -Growing Garden Connections- will take place Saturday, October 25, in the Sherrill Center on the UNC Asheville campus. The conference will feature a tour of community and student garden projects on the UNCA campus, a delicious lunch made with locally sourced ingredients, a raffle of garden-inspired items, and speakers on topics ranging from controlling pests to community-wide organizing. You don't want to miss it!
The conference begins at 8:30 AM and lasts until 5 PM. Tickets are $15 for NCCGP members and $20 for non-members and can be purchased through Eventbrite by clicking here. Transportation to the conference is available, please contact Alison Duncan for more information.

Black Gold: Creating and Using Compost in the Garden

October 21, 6pm-8pm


Don't toss that apple core in the trash-- put it in the compost pile! Come learn some easy ways to start composting. It's a great way to recycle organic waste generated from our landscapes, gardens, and kitchens. We'll discuss what should and shouldn't be composted and how to use this incredible resource in your home or community garden. At the end of the class we will raffle off some compost bins to a handful of lucky attendees! Click here to get more details and register for this class.

The class listed above is offered as a part of 
Forsyth County Cooperative Extension's 

Greenhouse Vegetable Growing 

in Winter

October 7, 6:30-7:30pm

Walkertown Library 


The mild North Carolina climate allows gardeners to grow vegetables in low cost greenhouse structures during the winter months. Learn about how to build the structures and what vegetables to grow in your greenhouse at a free question and answer session. Presented by Extension Master Gardener Volunteer and horticulturist Toby Bost. Click here to get more details on how to register for this class.

Four Season Vegetable Gardening

October 18, 10:30- 11:45am

Walkertown Library 


Living in the Piedmont gives us the opportunity to grow vegetables in all four seasons. Learn how to grow different vegetables all year round as well as helpful tips to extend the season for fall and winter. Presented by Bill Colvin, an Extension Master Gardener Volunteer. Click here to get more details on how to register for this class.

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.

Movable Feast Community Potluck

     The Forsyth Community Food Consortium will hold its Fall Movable Feast at Shelter #4 at Tanglewood Park on Monday, October 6th from 6-8pm. The public is invited to join in the local foods conversation and bring a dish to share. 

      Shelley Sizemore, Megan Anderson, and Peter Gallins will give a presentation on what to do with food waste. Whether donating leftovers to food programs, or turning food waste into compost or animal feed, what we do with our leftovers matters. Together, let's learn why we should feed a pig a pumpkin! For more information, please contact Becky Bowen. 

     Happy fall, y'all! There's a lot to look at in this month's edition of The Bulletin Board, but I want to particularly draw your attention to the section at the top about the NCCGP Community Garden Conference
     This is a fantastic event that only rolls around once a year, so please consider attending if you are able (and bring a friend)! The conference is a great opportunity to hang out and learn with other community garden leaders from all across NC. And at $15-$20 per person it is super affordable! Contact me for more information or click here to register. 
     I can arrange for a van to take us up if enough folks are interested, so please let me know if you plan to attend.
     Finally, if you want to have a garden this fall, you only have a week or two left to finish planting. Come see me if you need seeds.
Thanks for all you do to help our community grow!

Community Gardening Coordinator
Forsyth Cooperative Extension
Forsyth Community Gardening is conducting a short survey as we update the records in our online Garden Directory. If you have not yet done so, please take a minute to complete the Garden Directory Update Survey and help us keep our records accurate. 

The updated directory will be published online by the end of this month. Thank you!
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 to request an application
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This is the fourth 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 learn about upcoming educational opportunities, garden resource giveaways, networking events, and more! 
Contact Alison Duncan, Forsyth County's Community Gardening Coordinator.
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