Friday, November 18, 2016

Southside Community Garden

I've been volunteering at the Southside Community Garden for the last growing season. It's a young community vegetable garden, finishing its second year.

It's on the playground site of what used to be an black elementary school (in segregated Asheville), now turned into a vibrant community center in a place that has a rich history. It's a neighborhood faced with challenges, with gentrification edging in, along with homes of long standing and apartments subsidized by the Housing Authority of Asheville.

We'd harvested about 750 pounds of produce, when I tallied amounts last month, with more winter greens to come, most all of the harvests going to the Kitchen Ready's Southside Kitchen, which serves meals free of charge and by donation four days a week, as part of a training program for culinary students in need of career options. Excess produce has gone to local homeless shelters and the YMCA's Healthy Living Pantry.

It's a good project.

Please join me as you're able in supporting a SeedMoney campaign for the Southside Community Garden. We're eligible for a matching grant as part of this, too, but all donations are tax-deductible.

https://www.seedmoney.org/camp…/…/southside-community-garden

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