History

The Southside Community Garden (SCG) is a .25 acre plot located in Southside Neighborhood, one of Asheville’s historically Black communities. The garden is situated in the former playground of the Livingston Street School which educated Black children in Asheville until it was closed in 1970 by a desegregation order. Today, the building is named the Arthur R. Edington Career & Education Center in honor of the school’s last principal. SCG is entering in its sixth growing season and is the only active community garden on Asheville Housing Authority property.