- Gardens in North Carolina should register with Community Garden Partners. It’s easy (and free!) to register. You can:
+ Share photos from your garden and choose if you want the garden to be included in the rotating photo display on the NCCGP homepage.
+ Add upcoming events that you’d like others across the state to know about.
+ Get connected with an exciting and growing network of community gardens across the state!
+ Direct people to your online garden profile to promote your garden, recruit new gardeners and volunteers, and provide a point of contact.
- There’s community garden insurance for those in ACGA. This is nothing short of amazing.
Gardens of all sizes can now be properly protected against unforeseen accidents and liability. Brunswick Companies has created a simple and affordable solution to liability insurance for ACGA members. Highlights include: liability ranging from $100,000 to $1 million, directors and officers liability, equipment breakdown coverage, premiums as low as $350, interest-free payment plans.
- A decade of dedication to urban garden in Harlem, NY.
- Pretty awesome community gardening funding opportunities from Let’s Move!
- DC Greens has a School Garden Army to make sure its gardens get care all summer. SO SMART.
- A few issues arise with gardening in Raleigh.
- From Syracuse Grows: a resource directory of all things related to gardening.
- The Grow Your Park Initiative’s Building a Community Garden in Your Park handout.
- Interactive garden tool from Mother Earth News. SO AWESOME in helping you plan how many plants can fit in your garden, with record keeping, and more!
- A garden as a learning lab for 5th graders in Nevada. If they consistently grow things in the desert, we can definitely have gardens in the rest of the country!
- More than just a garden: tips on creating a edible landscape.
- All sorts of garden how-tos from the Organic Gardening website.
- Uncertain of what to grow? A list of mood-boosting crops for dreary days.
- No space for a garden at your school? This community build one in the bed of a truck and it travels around to teach about farming and food systems. So cool.
- Six ways to build a better urban garden, from Good.
- Awesome. The NYTimes reports on the rising number of gardens and farms in NYC schools– up to 232 from 40 in two years!
- Yes, the NYTimes recognizes that it’s hard to have enough gardeners for all the urban gardens.
- There’s a GAP-certified garden in Charleston, South Carolina lead by Bobby Behr and featured in this month’s South Carolina Farmer magazine. We chatted with him and have all sorts of cool information if you are interested in GAP certification. For now, check out the article starting on page 10.
- The Carolina Farm Stewardship Association has a new, super guide to Growing Your Food Business in North Carolina. South Carolina coming soon!
- Soil testing–everyone is doing it, or should be. From the awesome folks at Thirteen (NYC’s public broadcasting station).
- The Lenior Community Garden hits Parade magazine. Rock.
- Tons of waste from food scraps in North Carolina–a great reason to compost (safely).
- Yeesh. ANOTHER article about salmonella and tiny turtles–168 people (many kids) from 30 states have been affected, with 34 hospitalizations. Don’t encourage turtle habitats in your garden.
- You know it, we know it. An article on what happens to the school gardens when the kids go home for the summer, from Grist.
- NYTimes gives us an adorable article on urban gardening, even calling them “urban edens.”
- Treehugger explains the need for heavy metals soil testing in urban areas.
- Historian urges black gardeners to dig into their roots–from the Athens Banner-Herald.
- Watch out for turtles in your ponds, or as pets. Salmonella is a real worry.
- Food safety scandals fuel urban gardening in China, an intriguing article from our friends at Food Safety News.
- A garden on top of a bus! Holy moly!
- The NYTimes explains the awesomeness that is gardening.
- There’s potentially a kudzu bug in your garden. Debbie Roos at Chatham County Cooperative Extension has information for dealing with it.
- Gardens have actually changed communities. For the better. There’s proof.
- Watch out for posion hemlock in the garden. It can actually kill you.
- A pretty funny depiction of how compost works. We love a graph.
- The NYTimes reports on Teich gardens, which totally keep the bunnies and squirrels and deer out of the garden! We’ve got a few in the Triangle.
- Michelle Obama has a new book–on gardening! From the press release of American Grown:
“Through telling the story of the White House kitchen garden, Mrs. Obama will explore in American Grown how increased access to healthy, affordable food can promote better eating habits and improve health of families and communities across America. Mrs. Obama will describe how her daughters Sasha and Malia were catalysts for change in her own family’s eating behavior, which inspired Mrs. Obama to plant an edible garden on the South Lawn – the first since Eleanor Roosevelt’s “Victory Garden” planted during World War II. The book will be inspirational and instructive and will provide ideas and resources for readers to get involved in the movement to create community, school, and urban gardens, support local farmers’ markets, and make small lifestyle changes to achieve big health results.”
- A team from NC State created mobile handwashing units for farms, but they are also totally feasible for gardens without water access.
- Gardening with Grey Water: Our friends at EatDrinkBetter explain why it’s really only good for ornamentals.
- Sometimes the community is the hard part of community gardening: a story (and podcast!) from NPR.
- Community gardening in Raleigh is up in the air. Stay up-to-date with the land use issues on the City of Raleigh site.
- No garden yet? Just thinking about it? Here’s a list of good reasons to start, from Eatocracy.
- Some tips and tricks on gardening from the lovely folks at Urban Farm magazine.