Southside Rising works to cultivate healing, restore and reclaim community culture in the historically African American neighborhood of Southside Asheville. Southside Rising collaborates with Southside Community Farm to preserve community history, bring neighbors together, and promote food justice.
Southside Kitchen was born out of the COVID 19 crisis in 2020. The kitchen which used to function under Green Opportunities became a hub for meals distributed out into the community. Chefs who graduated from GO’s kitchen ready program came back together to make daily meals then delivered into the community free of charge. Southside Community Farm has worked with Southside Kitchen to get veggies to public housing residents and others.
Feed Asheville Farm is committed to free distribution of vegetables, herbs, and flowers to community partners, and has donated thousands of pounds of produce to SCF since 2020. Founded and led by our assistant farm manager, Kate Wheeler, Feed Asheville Farm has been a invaluable partner to us by sharing resources and supplementing our own offerings to the community in order to provide a greater diversity of healthy, fresh foods.
Word on the Street/La Voz de les Jóvenes is an afterschool program that centers the leadership and creativity of black and brown youth, ages 13-19. Through arts-based programming, participants develop healthy relationships with peers and mentors, while working to make a difference in their community using their voices, talents and imaginations. WOTS/VDLJ is based at the Edington Center in Southside, and the Squad (teen participants) have collaborated on many community projects in and around the garden, such as by creating videos of the Southside Community Farm.
Bountiful Cities is dedicated to teaching sustainable agriculture skills and providing resources in urban environments to promote social justice and economic viability. Southside Community Farm is part of Bountiful Cities’ Community Garden Network, which helps us connect with other community food spaces and access collaborative grants and funding opportunities. Bountiful Cities also acts as SCF’s non-profit fiscal sponsor.
Shiloh Community Garden is another urban community food space in Asheville, based in the historically Black Shiloh neighborhood. We are united in our goal of supporting Black food sovereignty, and we often share resources, tools, and knowledge. We also share a farm manager, Chloe Moore, who works at Shiloh Community Garden and Southside Community Farm.
Asheville GreenWorks is a non-profit organization working to enhance the environment and quality of life for all residents of Asheville and Buncombe County through community-based, volunteer-led environmental conservation projects and education programs. Asheville GreenWorks planted the Southside Community Orchard which SCF now cares for.