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Tuesday, December 6 • 8:20am - 8:40am
Strengthening The Roots: Strategies For Supporting Asheville’s Community Gardens

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The Asheville/ Buncombe Community Garden Network is formed of almost two dozen community gardens focused on improving food resilience and availability, and community health through a neighborhood approach to agriculture. As a McCullough Fellow I partnered with Bountiful Cities, a local non-profit that oversees the Garden Network, to do research for planning the for three upcoming projects designed to address some of these challenges: a tool library, a seed library, and a volunteer management program. My research involved gathering all the necessary information that would inform the shape, scope, and direction of these projects. Part of this work involved developing a list of objectives that these programs are trying to meet and creating a program evaluation system to capture how well the projects are meeting the objectives. I will present the results of my systems research, as well as my findings relating to the challenges and needs of community gardens and what strategies are most effective in strengthening local agriculture.

Tuesday December 6, 2016 8:20am - 8:40am PST
103 Rhoades Robinson Hall

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