Gaston Community Gardens
GCG is a collaboration of Gaston County organizations engaged in gardening to foster health, education, and a connected community.
Our Community Gardens
As of 2015, there are five active community gardens and ten Extension school garden programs in Gaston County. Below is a brief description and link for each garden.
1. Belmont Community Garden is a non-profit with 47 organic garden plots that are available for lease. Some plots are reserved for children and participants with disabilities. The garden’s mission is to educate, engage the community, and to enhance the image of downtown Belmont.
2. Bessemer City Community Garden is a partnership between St. Andrews Episcopal Church and Bessemer City. This community garden’s goal is to feed the needy and educate the community. They are in the process of incorporating as a non-profit and they have over 40 garden plots of which 8 are reserved for community partners.
3. Mount Holly Community Garden has 52 garden beds (6 handicap-accessible) located at First United Methodist Church. It currently operates under Mount Holly Farmers Market’s non-profit status. The garden engages families to increase healthy eating and to build a stronger community. The garden helps to supply food banks, and offers summer youth programs and educational workshops.
4. Gastonia Rotary Garden is a community service project of The Gastonia Rotary Club. Each of their 43 garden plots is managed by a different community group. Two beds are reserved for persons with disabilities. Their mission is to feed the hungry, teach a new generation about gardening, and to beautify Franklin Boulevard.
5. Highland Community Garden has 18 large beds established on Gastonia City property and coordinated by Keep Gastonia Beautiful. The garden is open to residents of the Highland community and surrounding areas. The project’s goals include building community, beautification, and providing education in the Highland community.
Healthy Harvest is a school gardening program coordinated by Gaston County Cooperative Extension at 10 elementary schools. The program offers hands-on curriculum and classes, and supports schools in developing their own gardening and nutrition initiatives. Participating schools are listed in blue.
Resources for Starting a Community Garden
N.C. Cooperative Extension provides comprehensive resources to help you start and manage a successful community garden. Here are a few links that may help you get started.
NC Community Garden Partners is a nonprofit membership organization made of partners across the state interested in “growing” community gardens. They also have a thorough list of on-line resources related to community gardens.
Here in Gaston County, you can also email our Consumer Horticulture Agent, Julie Flowers or call 704-922-2104 with your specific questions.
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