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Community Gardens

Are you interested in starting a community garden? Have you already started one and you’re in need of some resources or assistance with growing information or food safety? If so, check out our resources below.

We are happy to help directly as well! Call our office at 828-287-6010 or email our Horticulture Agent, Hannah at hmbundy@ncsu.edu with any questions and to arrange a site visit or appointment at our office.

Getting Started

Are you still in the brainstorming phase and looking for information about how to organize a community garden?

Things to know before you grow can be used as a sort of checklist to make sure that you have some key things determined for your garden site location and garden volunteers.

COVID-19 guidance factsheet for community gardens

Planting and Growing Information

N.C. Cooperative Extension Community Gardening website has information about general garden policies, growing information, and post-harvest information.

There is a great planting calendar for WNC that shows when certain annual vegetables can be planted and if they should be planted directly into the ground as seeds, or if they would do better planted as plant starts.

NC State Extension Homegrown: In the Garden has video resources available for soil testing, insect controls, growing vegetables, and even composting.

Harvesting and Storing Produce

Harvesting, Handling and Storing vegetables from Texas A&M

Partnership for Food Safety Education’s food handling fact sheet 

Purdue University’s Fresh Vegetable Storage and Cleaning Guide

Nutrition and Cooking

Healthy Components of Fruits and Vegetables by color: COLOR NUTRIENTS in F&V 

UK’s Vegetable Preparation for the Family factsheet

Steps to Health’s Harvest of the Month: zucchini, tomatoes, melons, cooked greens, cabbage, and broccoli

Written By

Photo of Hannah Bundy, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionHannah BundyExtension Agent, Agriculture - Consumer and Commercial Hort (828) 287-6015 hannah_bundy@ncsu.eduN.C. Cooperative Extension, Rutherford County Center
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