Come visit the first garden in the city that grows organic vegetables right at the work place. The idea sprouted when GOFO’s office relocated to Crescent Studios, a new cooperative office environment. Since most of us spend longer hours at work than we do at home, it made sense to grow veggies just outside by the office parking lot. The results? Tenants may toss a salad fresh from the garden for lunch or take greens home. Growing organically can definitely be labor intensive, involving lots of hand-picking bugs and squishing caterpillars, but it also offers a restful – and healthful – break from the computer screen.
This Urban Farm, inspired by grandparents who loved to garden, was started four years ago as a small plot and has expanded each year since into 500 square feet of usable earth. Raised beds and a few large containers are kept rich and fertile by incorporating home compost and worm castings, and produce all your vegetable favorites from squashes to peppers, lettuce to potatoes, tomatoes to herbs. On the property sit 6 apple trees, 4 peach trees, 2 fig trees, blueberries, muscadine grapes, blackberries, and raspberries. Only natural fertilizers and pesticides are used as needed.
AJ’s garden can truly teach us a lot! This elementary school provides outdoor classroom time for students to learn more about nutrition and gardening right in their own schoolyard. The hands-on, practical, and application-based curriculum aligns well with AJ's garden, as does the school's emphasis on healthy living and sustainability. Their garden includes 5 raised beds for organic gardening, a native plant butterfly garden, fruit trees, an in-ground life-size sundial, and compost.Come visit this model school for sustainability and outdoor learning!
Directions: Park in the teachers’ parking lot, located on Hudson Street, directly across from the City Public Works office. Once parked, walk around the left side of the school to the garden area, next to the playground and the field.
A trip to this organic garden will give you a chance to see how you too can practice water conservation, recycling, permaculture, companion planting and year round gardening. 5 years ago, health issues spurred the owner to delve into growing her own food and adopting healthier practices. The garden is comprised of 10 raised beds, which includes bean tee-pees that double as a playhouse for her grandchildren. The owner, Christine Bonner, cans, freezes and dries her crops. Her irrigation system is a lesson in disease and insect reduction. This site also houses two beehives. A local soup kitchen, friends and neighbors benefit from the garden's bounty. Come visit, learn and find inspiration.
Are you just wanting to get started but don’t know how? Or are you a veteran Urban Gardener and thinking of taking it to the next level? Either way this site is a must see. The Clements started the urban farm for their desire for and easy access to organic foods daily. Their 3-acre urban farm provides an abundance of healthy foods, and in their 1500 sq foot backyard you will find vegetables, chickens, bees, an orchard, fruit bushes, nut trees and grape vines. The Clements are definitely all about keeping their food really local and growing it sustainably!
Inspired by a friend and a lack of interest in retirement, Mr. Earle could not stay idle. So he put his love and experience of growing fresh foods into action. This 100 x 200 square foot garden is a sight to see and experience. Everything from his method for planting seeds by the moon, the watering system utilizing collected rain water, and homemade compost to enrich the soil produces the finest vegetables and plants in the area. Come see what Mr Earle has planted this fall. Collard greens are a staple leafy green veggie in the South but have you seen the mysterious "tree collards" plant? Mr. Earle has two large tree collards in his garden. Come see for your self!
Created as a learning opportunity for Furman University students in 2008, the Furman Farm promotes lessons in organic growing practices, local food systems, and basic garden skills. The quarter-acre garden, located adjacent to the Shi Center for Sustainability, provides hands-on experience in sustainable and organic agriculture. They use the pre-consumer waste from the Dining Hall and yard clippings from the maintenance crew for composting, which is in turn used in their 50 garden rows. The harvested produce is sold through a CSA program to staff, faculty, and students, and also to the public at the Randy Blackwell Farm Stand during the spring and fall.
This amazing example of gardening is not one to miss. The Generous Garden is aptly named; the 4-acre project's purpose is to help fight hunger by growing (using organic methods), harvesting and coordinating the delivery of fresh produce in Greenville. There are 2 greenhouses; each is 100' long and one is dedicated to aquaponics and vermiculture. There are also 3 fields that are harvested year round. In the fall they yield leafy greens, radishes and a wide range of flowers and herbs. Not only do they provide food, but they also serve to teach others how to grow fresh produce in a sustainable way. True role models to garden after!
This community garden program is possible through the support of Ken and Tamar Zwedling, property owners. The GOFO community garden program aims to engage its members in learning about the benefits and challenges of growing our own vegetables and helping make city living more sustainable. There are 14 raised beds in addition to an herb bed, a compost bin, irrigation, and a shed for tools and supplies. Fourteen families maintain the garden as a team effort using only safe, natural and organic alternatives for dealing with insect and disease treatment. Garden members learn to grow veggies and eat them too. Come visit our garden sanctuary!
Directions: The entrance to the garden is at the bottom of the hill through a gate.