Small Scale Crop Rotation

September 23, 

6pm- 8pm


People have been practicing crop rotation for at least 8,000 years. This old school agricultural technique is still one of the best ways to cycle nutrients, combat diseases, and outsmart pests. During this class, we will discuss the basics of crop rotation and teach you how to practice it on a small scale in your home or community garden. Click here to get more details and register for this class.

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. Click here to get more details and register for this class.

The two classes listed above are offered as a part of Forsyth County Cooperative Extension's
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.


Robinhood Road Family YMCA


The Robinhood Road YMCA Community Garden celebrated its official opening just one month ago, making it the newest community garden in Forsyth County. According to Mike Miller, an employee of the YMCA who spearheaded the garden project, the onsite community garden stemmed from a desire to create a space that could be utilized by members of the Y while also serving the greater community. 


The garden is a mix of both allotment and communal gardens and also features a children's garden. There are fifteen 4'x4' raised beds that Y members rent to grow a wide variety of flowers and vegetables. Additionally, the YMCA has a "Y" shaped bed and four 4'x8' raised beds located in the children's garden. These beds are maintained communally by volunteers, and all of the food grown in them is donated to the Winston-Salem Second Harvest Food Bank.


More than 300 volunteer hours have been put into the development of the garden by Robinhood Y members, youth groups, and staff. So far this season the garden has donated close to 70lbs of food.

Find the Robinhood YMCA community garden and others on the interactive webmap.
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
Forsyth Community Gardening is conducting a short survey as we update the records in our online Garden DirectoryPlease take a minute to complete the Garden Directory Update Survey and help us keep our records accurate. Thank you!
Fall is just around the corner, can you believe it? I don't know about you, but I am ready for the cooler weather... though I sure will miss the tomatoes!
I am still waiting to hear from
many gardens on the Garden Directory Update Survey mentioned above, so please take a minute to fill it out if you have not yet done so. Completing this survey will ensure that accurate information is being disseminated to the public about your community garden.
Finally, if your garden needs 
seeds for this fall, please set up a time to come visit my office!
Thanks for all you do to help our community grow!

Community Gardening Coordinator
Forsyth Cooperative Extension
Seed Giveaway
Does your community garden need seeds? Please email Alison and set up a time to come pick up seeds from the FCG Seed Bank! Thanks to generous donations from several area organizations, our seed bank is overflowing! Plant some of the bounty in your community garden!
NCCGP Conference
The 2nd Annual North Carolina Community Garden Partners Conference will be held on Saturday, October 25 from 9am to 5pm in beautiful Asheville, NC, on the UNC-Asheville campus. For more information please contact Lovay Singleton.
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This is the third 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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1450 Fairchild Road
Winston-Salem, NC