Extension Agent, Agriculture - Horticulture
Forsyth County Center
1450 Fairchild Rd
Winston-Salem, NC 27105
Joanna Massey Lelekacs
Raleigh, NC 27695
Year 1 Project Plans and Stories
|Chatham County - School Garden|
|Gaston County - Develop a Local Foods Strategic Plan that is Supported by the Community|
|Guilford County - Community Garden|
|Lee, Moore & Richmond Counties - Partner Presentation on Local Foods and Farm Tour|
|Lenoir County - Farmers' Market Revitalization|
|Swain County - Farmers' Market Revitalization|
Year 2 Project Plans and Stories
|Cleveland County – Building Community Awareness and Involvement in the Local Food System|
|Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians – Farmers' Market|
|Forsyth County – Increasing Awareness of Community Garden/Farm|
|Forsyth County/GreenXscapes – Community/Educational Garden|
|Greene County – Farmers' Market|
|Montgomery County – Farm Tour|
Other CBFS Efforts
SARE PDP Extension & Community Partnerships
FORSYTH COUNTY: Local Food Projects
The need to increase information about local community gardens to the communities that surround them and to the general public were met through improved marketing of The Children’s Home Garden and The Food Bank Garden along with onsite educational events to assist students to better understand food production and where is comes from through farm to table efforts.
Activities came out of the committee process through planning meetings and setting priorities. Development of garden workshops, a discover agriculture day tour, a garden brochure, informational kiosks at each garden and meetings in the garden brought together youth and adults for volunteer training, garden topic instruction and more. Pre and post evaluations were developed for participants in the programs.
- North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service – Forsyth County Center
- The Children’s Home (Winston-Salem)
- The Betty and Jim Holmes Food Bank Garden
There were a numbers of lessons learned including the need to develop a project model with scope, time and completion dates included. Additional youth and adult educational events are needed to continue the learning experience. Coordination of kiosk posting/information needs to be assigned to individuals to manage.
- 810 individuals participated in gardening events.
- Through surveys at educational events 65% increased knowledge as a result of given programs.
- 2 permanent structures were complete (kiosks)
- Expand educational efforts in the classroom
- Increase marketing efforts via television, local paper
Funding for this initiative provided through the USDA, Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Professional Development Program.