The Lord’s Acre is a community hub that brings volunteers together to grow organic food for those in need and offers garden and food-skills training to all ages.
The Lord’s Acre says THANKS!!!
Without these restaurants: Chestnut, HomeGrown, Local Joint, Rosetta’s and Tupelo Honey, it would truly have been an empty bowl evening. What an honor to have chefs from 3 of those restaurants attend and help set up, in addition to Gordon Smith. These folks are BUSY, and they took time to say, ‘Addressing hunger with grass-roots efforts is important.’ Please, please thank these folks when you stop in to eat. They all believe in supporting local growers and hunger relief. There were also several bakeries who contributed: Dolci di Maria, Ruth and Ranshaw Bakery and Troyer’s Amish Market.
We are also incredibly grateful to Fred Bahnson for speaking and donating the books he sold as well as all the proceeds to TLA. We are grateful for his belief in abundance and he lives that well. With a wife, young children, a challenging job and a large garden to run, he also showed his deep belief in such efforts and the garden he began in Cedar Grove has been a model for us since day one.
And what a beautiful venue. Thanks Trinity Episcopal for such a warm and inviting room and for Glen who made everything run so smoothly. You have a treasure there, in him.
Then there was “The Crew”. Almost my favorite part of the evening, 20+ people descended on Tudon Hall at 4:00, and though many of us had never met each other or seen that room, within an hour, it was transformed. Bowls were out and cleaned, the kitchen (a hive of chefs and activity) was ready to go, tables were set and decorated, the slide show worked, desserts found a home and details were attended to. Whoosh. It was amazing. Thanks to all of you and particularly Charlie for the beautiful background music.
And thanks to everyone who came. That’s YOU. It is always comforting to see our friends’ faces in a crowd and this was no exception. Also encouraging, is to see so many people we did not know who believe there is enough if we rethink hunger and the role community can play. We must simply engage in new ways (sometimes they’re very old ways) of being together around food, with everyone welcome at the table. On behalf of The Lord’s Acre board, we are deeply moved and deeply grateful for your support. See you again next year.
To enjoy a few photos from this lovely event, go here.
Make the World better — one vegetable and garden at a time
A great article in local Tribune Papers by the President of The Lord’s Acre, Pat Stone. You can view the article here.
Local Planting Chart for 2013
A very useful local guide for starting your seeds indoors and outdoors, planting and transplanting. You can view the chart here.
Jim Carillon has been appointed the new position of development director for The Lord’s Acre, Fairview’s community garden that brings volunteers together to grow organic food for those in need in Buncombe County.
Carillon has extensive experience as a management and organizational consultant in the corporate world, as owner and operator of The Inn on Mill Creek in Black Mountain, and as a credit counselor for On Track Financial Education and Counseling in Asheville.
As a volunteer and member of the board, Carillon has worked diligently since 2011 in helping plan and coordinate fundraising efforts for the garden. This new part-time position will give him more opportunity to concentrate on the daily operating expenses and the capital campaign’s goal in raising funds to expand the garden from the present one acre parcel to six production acres.
TLA Participates in WNC Gardens That Give
The Western NC Alliance for Gardens That Give is a group of volunteers, garden managers and other participants representing diverse models of community gardens in WNC that have one main thing in common: they grow food for donation. Our mission is to support each other’s success through the sharing of resources, experience and knowledge as well as to support the startup of other “Gardens That Give”. For more on WNC Gardens That Give go here.
For tips on starting a Garden That Gives go here.
Fairview Community Food Assessment: Summary of Community Barriers to Fresh Foods
On November 7th, Cameron Farlow presented highlights of her findings from the recently-completed Fairview food assessment – Fresh Food Alternatives: Our Voice, Our Choice. This year-long effort was sponsored by The Lord’s Acre with funding from The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina and AmeriCorps Project Conserve. Go here to explore the top responses received when we asked different demographics to tell us what they saw as their greatest barriers.
Update: The historic Fairview Food Assessment is now available.
Read the Executive Summary here.
Read the Full 111 page Report here.
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Our Accomplishments in 4 Years!
We’re just in our 5th year but we’re pleased with our accomplishments. For details go here.
Asheville Columnist Features The Lord’s Acre
The Garden’s plans for the future as well as significant achievements are being recognized on a wide scale! Read Asheville Citizen Times columnist Susan Reinheardt’s delightfully thorough article here.
Our Challenge: 1 in 4 WNC Kids Hungry
“…a staggering 29.9 percent of children under the age of 18 are food insecure in Western North Carolina…”
We’re growing! Together we can make a dent in those numbers!
As a result of a recent land purchase and a generous land donation which we will receive when we have completed full payment, we are now operating on the 5 1/2 acres of beautiful Fairview pastureland that surround our present 1/2 acre garden! In the last 3 years we’ve delivered almost 17 tons of organic vegetables to local food banks and this was grown on only 1/2 acre. Can you imagine what we’ll be able to accomplish now! Please explore our vision by clicking on the photo below or go here.
Please join us in acquiring the land and expanding our service not only to Fairview but all of Western North Carolina. Please go here to donate to our Capital Campaign. You can read The Lord’s Acre Capital Campaign Summary here.
Some folks only think of gardens as being work; but here at The Lord’s Acre we know that community is fun. And we’re building community as well as growing organic produce for those in need. Watch the short video below to see our garden community and friends have fun in The great Potato Race fund raiser.
During tough times back in the 1930′s, our local farmers banded together, donating produce from one acre of their crops to help feed others in need. They called their project The Lord’s Acre. In these trying times, concerned volunteers have again united in support of our community to keep The Lord’s Acre vision alive!
The Lord’s Acre Inc is an exciting, unique Garden Project organized as a not for profit corporation. We are sponsored by local churches, businesses, our generous community and talented volunteers who have come together to help provide food for families in dire need. The Lord’s Acre Inc grows fresh produce to provide nutritious food from a local, sustainable resource garden in support of our nonprofit food banks. With faith in our vision and in our community we serve by assisting families in need. Every week, Food For Fairview and other non profit organizations in Western North Carolina supply food to many needy families. Not surprisingly, in these times, the need is growing. But, while the demand is up, food donations are down. More than ever, our food banks need help to feed the hungry in our community. You can help.
In our first year, The Lord’s Acre delivered over 3 tons of fresh, organic produce to our local food bank. This bountiful harvest was from only 1/4 of an acre in a short growing season. We were deeply moved by the generous support of the Fairview community in donations of the money necessary to operate but also in donations of equipment, access to water, organic starts and seeds and, of course, the land for the garden provided by The Chapel Door. Even with all that, we could not have succeeded without over 100 volunteers who came out at least once to be a part of this effort and who have created a community around and in the garden.
Those many donors, interns and volunteers have and are truly making The Lord’s Acre a community garden. Please join us in The Lord’s Acre community and in our effort to provide food to those in need!
Our main volunteer times are Wednesday evenings from 6:00 – 8:00. If you can organize a group of five to ten people who want to work another day and time, please contact us and we’ll try to accommodate you.
To get on our volunteer / garden update email list, email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org