The Southside Kitchen Program 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. The Southside Garden works closely with the kitchen program through We Give a Share to sell veggies to the kitchen all season long.
Southern Appalachian Highland Conservancy
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. This year the Squad will be creating a video history of the Southside Community Garden.
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. SCG and Asheville GreenWorks collaborate to caretake the Southside Community Orchard on Livingston St.
My Community Matters is a summer camp for Black youth based at the Edington Center which focuses on teaching community leadership skills. SCG will collaborate this summer with MCM to create a garden market program, where youth will learn valuable business skills while selling fresh, healthy produce within their community.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, Asheville City Schools has been running a PODS (Positive Opportunities to Develop Success) program daily for elementary and middle school children at the Edington Center. SCG has developed a weekly garden program with the PODS, with activities that have included designing and planting a raised garden bed, making flower seed balls, and modeling natural water cycles through the creation of terrariums.
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 Garden to preserve community history, bring neighbors together, and promote food justice.