Western North Carolina is known for its deep agricultural roots and award-winning farm-to-table dining. Now, residents are finding opportunities to grow both food and community—right in their own neighborhoods.
Learn more about the impact of community gardens in WNC.
What are Community Gardens?
Community gardens are small plots of land collectively cared for by members of the surrounding community. These urban agriculture collectives operate on a small scale, but they reap huge harvests of food and friendship.
“People are becoming more interested in it. People are getting more engaged in community gardens. And I think that we’re beginning to see urban agriculture as a whole really begin to develop and increase in significance as a form of food security and sustainability for cities,” said Nicole Hinebaugh, Project Manager of Bountiful Cities, an Asheville-based urban agriculture nonprofit.
Why are Community Gardens Important?
Community gardens bring green spaces into our streetscapes and improve our area’s quality of life through community and neighborhood development. They encourage social interaction, recreation, therapy, and education. And they are just one of the many ways to Live Abundantly in Western North Carolina.
“Growing food where we live is hugely empowering, and it helps create resilient communities. It brings about food security, but also, community gardens help to bring the community together,” said Hinebaugh. “So, it’s a way of providing a space for people to come together, get to know each other, and work together in solidarity on creating something—and creating something that is going to benefit the whole community.”
Bountiful Cities has been growing food and building community for over 20 years. Learn more about how they are producing food sovereignty in neighborhoods across Asheville:
Where can I Find a Community Garden in WNC?
Chances are, if you’ve located the heartbeat of a community, you’re just around the corner from its community garden. Here is a list of the many community gardens in WNC.
Beaverdam Community Garden at YMCA
Raised beds where kids in YMCA youth programs grow vegetables for the YMCA Mobile Kitchen and pantry. There are also allotment plots where community members grow food and flowers, as well as a forest garden.
201 Beaverdam Road, Asheville | nccgp.org
Burton Street Community Peace Gardens
Community gardens and art-filled greenspace in the heart of the Burton Street Community in West Asheville. Food is grown for community members, education, and job training for neighborhood youth.
47 Bryan Street, Asheville | facebook.com/peace.gardens.and.market
Dr. George Washington Carver Edible Garden
An edible garden in Downtown Asheville. Growing food for education and feeding any community members who wander through.
30 George Washington Carver Avenue, Asheville | facebook.com/Dr-George-Washington-Carver-Edible-Park
Falconhurst Community Garden
A dozen families in the Falconhurst neighborhood of West Asheville working the land cooperatively for more than 10 years. Open to interested families or individuals in or with ties to the surrounding community.
61 Blue Ridge Avenue, Asheville | facebook.com/Falconhurst-Community-Garden
Francine Delany New School for Children
Special gardens across the FDNSC campus include a kinder-garden, a folk art garden, a pollinator garden for monarch butterflies, and many other small plantings outside different classrooms. Designed to teach K–8 students about all kinds of new foods, including lots of fresh vegetables.
119 Brevard Road, Asheville | (828) 236-9441 | fdnsc.net
Good Faith Community Garden
The vegetables from these 17 raised beds are delivered by church members to Steadfast House (a local shelter for homeless mothers and their children), the Veterans Shelter in Oteen, and the church’s homebound members.
1418 Patton Avenue, Asheville | abernethy.org
Grace Covenant Community Garden
A three-season garden that donates 75% of the total harvest to help alleviate food insecurity in our region. It is tended cooperatively by teams of church members and neighbors.
789 Merrimon Avenue, Asheville | gcpcusa.org
Hall Fletcher Elementary/FEAST Garden
This garden promotes healthy eating choices while fostering within students an excitement about nature and local ecosystems. Cooking and gardening classes work alongside the Common Core curriculum, with hands-on, interactive units.
60 Ridgelawn Rd, Asheville | facebook.com/groups
Home Grown Garden
A program of the Black Mountain Home for Children, Youth & Families.
80 Lake Eden Road, Black Mountain | facebook.com/homegrowngarden
Joyner Community Garden
Since 2009, this space has been planted with vegetables, herbs, perennials, fruit trees, and berries as a resource for growing and sharing fresh, healthy produce for families on or around Joyner Avenue.
30 Joyner Avenue, Asheville | bountifulcities.org
Love and Fishes Bountiful Garden
A welcoming entry point for individuals and groups wishing to get involved at Haywood St. Grows food for the Downtown Welcome Table.
297 Haywood Street, Asheville | haywoodstreet.org
The flagship garden for Bountiful Cities, planted with vegetables, herbs, perennials, and fruit trees. This site has a covered pavilion, the Community Garden Network tool library, compost toilet, cob oven, and two small greenhouses. This site has held numerous workshops and community events over the years.
408 Pearson Drive, Asheville | bountifulcities.org/pearson
Pisgah View Peace Garden
Committed to being a force of positive change in the community by growing healthy fruits and vegetables, as well as bringing economic development through marketing produce and herbs. Grows for community members, as well as the elderly, disabled, and homeless.
1 Granada Street, Asheville | bountifulcities.org/pisgah-view-peace-garden
Root Cause Farm
Nonprofit creating strong, knowledgeable, and empathetic communities by growing and sharing fresh, organic food. A safe place where all are welcome and where root causes of hunger are brought to light. Grows for Food for Fairview and Share the Harvest. Formerly the Lord’s Acre.
Joe Jenkins Road, Fairview | rootcausefarm.org
Sand Hill Community Garden
Supported by Buncombe County Parks and Recreation and located at the Buncombe County Sports Park. 10% of the harvest is donated to MANNA FoodBank and the rest is distributed to volunteers.
58 Apac Circle, Asheville | facebook.com/SandHillCommunityGarden
Shiloh Community Garden
Cultivates and promotes cooperative relationships among residents, property owners, and businesses in the community. Grows for education and community enrichment, as well as to provide donations of food to volunteers and community members.
Hampton Street & Century Boulevard, Asheville | bountifulcities.org/shiloh-community-garden
Swannanoa Community Garden
A nonprofit, giving garden, grown and cared for by volunteers. This garden is funded by grants, fundraisers, and donations. The produce is taken to Bounty and Soul for distribution to feed those in need in the Swannanoa Valley.
Clover Lane, Swannanoa | (828) 581-9848 | swannanoafans.org/swannanoa-community-garden
Vance Elementary Peace Garden
Outdoor learning laboratory designed to educate the whole child and community through hands-on learning. Every grade level has their own plot in the garden to tend and from which to harvest both learning and food.
98 Sulphur Springs Road, Asheville | bountifulcities.org/vance-elementary-peace-garden
Dr. John Wilson Community Garden
Rent your own garden plot or volunteer to help with another. Grows for food assistance programs via donation-only beds and a portion of each rental plot.
99 White Pine Drive, Black Mountain | (828) 669-2052 | bmrp.recdesk.com
Cullowhee Community Garden
Grows for Jackson County food organizations including the Community Table and the Market, via a 50% or greater donation of yield from each plot.
65 S. Painter Road, Cullowhee | facebook.com/CullowheeCommunityGarden
Sylva Community Garden
Individual plots that are maintained by gardeners who donate 50% of their produce to the Community Table or other low-income people in Jackson County.
127 Bartlett Street, Sylva | facebook.com/groups
Dig In! Yancey Community Garden
Feeding Yancey County and empowering people to grow their own healthy foods.
Bolens Creek Road, Yancey County | diginyancey.org
Grow Your Future near a Community Garden
Farming lifestyles of all types offer unparalleled opportunities for connection with nature, stewardship of the land, and living a self-reliant, outdoor lifestyle. And Asheville has placed great emphasis on preserving the natural environment. The city’s government has instituted substantial greenways and bikeways programs, in addition to supporting urban agriculture endeavors.
Does that sound like the perfect environment for your future? Find a home in Asheville today!