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School and community gardens are growing in Wake County! To support this growth, a variety of tools and programs are available to help support new and existing gardens.

Informational Resources

Support Services by NC State Extension Master Gardener℠ (EMG) volunteers of Wake County

A group of volunteers stand with Extension Master Gardener Volunteers at the food bank of central and eastern north carolina's community and demonstration gardenEMG volunteers work with the North Carolina Cooperative Extension to provide non-commercial gardeners in their communities with unbiased, research-based information on gardening. To become an EMG volunteer, you must complete the certification program, participate in continuing education, and actively engage in volunteering in the community.

Extension Master Gardener℠ Hotline
Extension Master Gardener volunteers are available to answer horticulture questions from school gardens, community gardens, and homeowners. You can call the hotline at (919)250-1084, M-F, 9 a.m.–noon and 1–4 p.m. or email mgardener@wake.gov.

School and Community Garden Consultations
Extension Master Gardener volunteers will visit local school and community gardens to provide site evaluations, problem determination, education and/or gardening advice. A breakdown of services that Extension Master Gardener volunteers can and cannot provide is available here: Master Gardener School and Community Garden Support Services. Email Deanna Bigio, Horticulture Agent of Wake County at dibigio@ncsu.edu to arrange an EMG volunteer consultation.

Composting Classes
Extension Master Gardener volunteers are available to teach composting and vermicomposting at community gardens, garden clubs, schools, libraries, and community groups. There is information about composting and vermicomposting at Composting. Email Deanna Bigio, at dibigio@ncsu.edu to arrange an EMG volunteer led class composting.

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School Gardening Resources

Wake County Public Schools Edible Gardening Initiative– The Edible Gardening initiative was established to support the growing desire for school gardens within WCPSS. Megan Lewis of Willow Springs Elementary School is the WCPSS Edible School Garden Coordinator. Important school garden resources:

Additional school garden resources:

Community Gardening Resources

  • Map of Community Gardens, Food Pantries, Farmer’s Markets and Snap Retailers in Wake County   Click here for Map
  • Collard Greens and Common Ground: A North Carolina Community Food Gardening Handbook: This comprehensive guide covers every step of the community gardening process from finding and organizing volunteers to garden design and management. Whether you are new to community gardening or a seasoned veteran, this publication will help make your community garden a success.The Food Bank of Central and Eastern NC's demonstration garden
  • North Carolina Community Garden Partners: A network of gardeners and supports who share resources, information, and experience with new gardens and with each other. Be sure to add or update your garden’s information in their NC Garden Directory!
  • Extension Master Gardener volunteers of Wake County hotline and consultations (see above).

Publicaciones y Recursos en Español

Events

Ready-Garden-Grow: An Introduction to Vegetable Gardening is a 2.5-hour class designed to teach beginner home gardeners what they need to know to start their first vegetable garden in an urban environment. Topics covered include how to plan, prepare, plant, care, and harvest a vegetable garden with a focus on raised beds. Class size varies by site but is targeted to be 25 students

  • Classes are normally offered February-March. 2024 class information will be available soon. 

Workshops and Networking

Grant Opportunities

Starting a garden doesn’t have to break the bank! Before applying for a grant, check out some tips for Gardening on a Budget.

Connect with your municipality to learn more about how they support school and community gardens!

Page Authored by: Kati Scruggs, School and Community Garden AmeriCorps VISTA