Gardening News

+ 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.

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.

  • Pretty awesome community gardening funding opportunities from Let’s Move!
  • 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!
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • Treehugger explains the need for heavy metals soil testing in urban areas.
  • Food safety scandals fuel urban gardening in China, an intriguing article from our friends at Food Safety News.
  • Gardens have actually changed communities. For the better. There’s proof.
  • 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.”

  • 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.
  • Some tips and tricks on gardening from the lovely folks at Urban Farm magazine.

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