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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

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. Please fill out this Google form to request an EMG volunteer consultation on school gardens, and contact the Horticulture Agent, Deanna Bigio, at for an EMG volunteer consultation on community gardens.

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 to arrange an EMG volunteer led class composting.

Connect with us on Facebook to stay up-to-date on educational opportunities with Extension Master Gardener volunteers of Wake County!

School Gardening Resourcea

Community Gardening Resources

Publicaciones y Recursos en Español


Ready-Garden-GrowAn 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