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School and Community Gardens

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 Extension Master Gardener℠ 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 gardenExtension Master Gardener℠ (EMG) 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 a 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@wakegov.com.

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. Call the hotline to arrange an EMG 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.

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

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:

Be sure to add your garden’s information to WCPSS’s Edible School Garden Registry to stay up-to-date on school garden activities and opportunities in Wake County!

Additional school garden resources:

Community Gardening Resources

Publicaciones y Recursos en Español

Gracias a Megan Gregory de Forsyth Community Gardening por compilar estos recursos. Visita Forsyth Community Gardening para mas recursos en Español.

Events

Ready-Garden-Grow- This series of two 2-hour classes is designed to teach beginner gardeners the basics for starting a vegetable garden. The first class will cover how to plan, prepare, plant, harvest, and care for a vegetable garden in an urban environment (raised beds/containers). The second class will cover cool-season vegetable gardening, disease and pest management, and composting. The class is taught by NC State Extension Master Gardener volunteers and will be offered at various locations in the county.

  • Classes are normally offered January-March and July-September. 2020 class information will be available soon. 

Workshops and Networking

Grant Opportunities

Starting a garden doesn’t have to break the bank! Before applying for 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