Growing More Than Veggies Series, Spring 2021 Sessions

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Alongside fresh produce, community and school gardens grow deep relationships and community engagement, provide space for physical and mental wellness, and support life-long learning and academic success. This series will focus on aspects of community development highlighted through gardening. All programs will be held the 3rd Tuesday of the month, from 6–7 p.m. We plan to offer 4 sessions in the spring and 4 more in the fall.

This series focuses on resources and experiences for community and school gardeners in Forsyth and Guilford counties, and is open for anyone to attend! Each session will include both a presentation and time dedicated to questions, discussion, and dialogue. This is a free program, but registration is required. Registration is available on the Eventbrite pages for each session. Please see the information below for more details about each session.

March 16: A Year in The Garden: Organizing & Planning for Success 

This participatory workshop explores the many different cycles that gardeners balance to maintain a successful community garden throughout the year: planting dates, community events and workdays, leadership tasks to manage the garden, leadership tasks to engage volunteers, and tasks specific to starting a new community garden. Quina Weber-Shirk, Community & School Garden Extension Agent with N.C. Cooperative Extension, Guilford County Center, and Alyssa McKim, Community Garden Coordinator with the Cooperative Extension Service at N.C. A&T State University will facilitate this workshop. Register on EventbriteGarden journal

April 20: Designing Gathering Spaces in School & Community Gardens

Join us for a presentation and discussion about designing gathering spaces in school and community gardens with Remi Ham, Assistant Teaching Professor of Horticultural Science at NC State University. Remi’s recent work has focused on designing edible teaching gardens and developing an environmental curriculum for K-12 schools. Additionally, Remi has focused on reducing food insecurity through community gardens and urban agriculture, while helping break down perceived barriers to growing one’s own food. Register on EventbriteSchool garden

May 18: Drip Irrigation

Drip irrigation is a low-pressure lawn and garden watering system that keeps roots moist while using less water than other irrigation techniques. This irrigation method has gained popularity for its water-saving potential. Join us in this workshop exploring drip irrigation with Nathan Peifer, Manager of the Wake Forest University Campus Garden and Director of Campus as Lab Pilot Program with WFU Office of Sustainability. Nathan will lead a virtual tour of the campus garden and its drip irrigation system, discuss the benefits of drip, and how to design a system for your community or school garden. Register on EventbriteDrip irrigation

June 15: Share the Bounty: Donating Fresh Produce

Ever wonder what you should do with surplus produce from your school or community garden? Where does donated food go after it leaves the garden space? In this virtual workshop, panelists representing different hunger-relief organizations and food pantries in Guilford and Forsyth counties will answer these questions. Join us to chat about food access, the work being done to provide fresh produce to everyone in our counties, and how garden donations can benefit this work. Panelists include Scott Best of Help Our People Eat (H.O.P.E) of Winston-Salem, Kana Miller of Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest North Carolina, and Linda Anderson of Share the Harvest of Guilford County. Register on EventbriteProduce box

Questions about the series? Contact:

Quina Weber-Shirk, Community & School Garden Extension Agent, Guilford County,

Cameron Waters, Community Gardens Program Coordinator, Forsyth County,

Leslie Rose, Extension Horticulture Agent, Forsyth County,