Eight community gardens in Asheville, NC


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Now that spring is around the corner, we’re here to herb your enthusiasm with a roundup of community gardens to cultivate your green thumb.

Whether you’re looking to work with a group and share the fruit or solo grow your harvest, these local spots are tilled and ready to turnip this growing season. 🍅

Many community gardens offer seed share programs and community shared tool sheds, but check with each garden for specifics.

Elder & Sage Community Gardens, 33 Page Ave.

This community garden serves seniors downtown. To help folks prepare for its upcoming sixth season of gardening, there will be two community workdays: Sat., March 12 and Sat., March 26. Volunteers are needed to shovel soil, rake + bag leaves, lay pavers for its wheelchair accessible area, and assemble garden boxes.

Grace Covenant Community Garden, 789 Merrimon Ave.

Located on church grounds, this three-season garden donates ~75% of its produce to community organizations that assist underserved neighbors. It is fully funded by donations. Sign up to volunteer.

Haywood Street Gardens, 297 Haywood St.

This community garden prioritizes using organic + sustainable methods. Stop in to help out during its Community Gardening Days, every Sunday-Thursday from 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

Joyner Community Garden, 30 Joyner Ave.

Nonprofit Bountiful Cities received this West Asheville property in 2006 and spent three years building the soil. It now grows fresh vegetables, herbs, perennials, fruit trees, and berries for volunteers and the community along Joyner Avenue.

Root Cause Farm, 26 Joe Jenkins Rd. Fairview

This farm is led by a nonprofit organization that works to eliminate hunger by growing produce for underserved folks, bringing people together to volunteer in the garden, and working to understand + address the root causes of food insecurity. Check out the schedule of volunteer workdays.

Southside Community Farm, 133 Livingston St.

Now entering its eighth growing season, this farm grows food for folks residing in the the Southside community — plus makes regular food donations to Southside Kitchen + Manna FoodBank. Get involved here.

Urban Peace Gardens, 47 Bryant St.

Formerly known as Burton Street Peace Gardens, these gardens are open to the public year-round from sunup to sundown. The site boasts three neighborhood garden sites, and hosts garden workdays each Saturday from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Everyone is welcome to help maintain the space.

The Dr. George Washington Carver Edible Park, 30 George Washington Carver Ave.

This edible garden in downtown Asheville features 40+ varieties of fruit and nut trees. Visitors are welcome to enjoy freshly picked produce, but not more than their fair share. Wanna help out? Its next community workday will take place Fri., March 25, 2:30-5:30 p.m.

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