Projects

Southside Farmers Market
On August 22, 2021, we hosted our first farmers market as a way to make healthy, fresh food available in our neighborhood. This year, we are hosting the market once a month May-October at the Arthur R. Edington Center (133 Livingston St., Asheville). Besides our own fresh produce, you’ll also find other local BIPOC vendors at our EBT-accessible market. Our previous vendors have included:  Tierra Fertil, Soulful Simone Farm, Tha Madd Baker, WolfMother Medicines, Burton Street Peace Gardens, Shiloh Community Garden, Wadadli Dessert Oasis, Xaka Leon, The AppaLatin Farmstead, Cora’s Garden, and more!
2022 Farmers Markets will be 12-3 PM on: May 1, June 5, July 17 (not the 1st Sunday!), August 7, September 4, and October 2.

Shiloh Community Garden booth at the Southside Farmers Market.

Youth Business and Garden Program
At Southside Community Farm we believe that engaging with our youth is one of the best ways to steward land and support a resilient future. Currently, SCF is hosting a program for local youth to gain entrepreneurial skills and to explore how climate change affects their community. Our youth programs support young people while inspiring curious exploration of the outdoors and their neighborhood.

Our youth making fresh salsa on the farm.

Southside Grocery Program
Our neighborhood doesn’t have a grocery store, so it’s hard for residents to access fresh, healthy food. For years, we have been offering our fresh produce for free in a refrigerator in the Edington Center (and out in the farm, of course). This year, we are expanding this free grocery program to include outdoor fridge and pantry space. In addition to offering our own produce, we purchase staple foods from local and BIPOC producers to offer in our community free of charge!

Our outdoor fridge is open to the neighborhood and regularly stocked with fresh produce and other local foods.

Southside Free Seed Library
This year we are doing more to support our neighbors’ home gardens! Gardening isn’t just fun and healthy, it’s an important part of community food sovereignty by taking our food system back into our own hands. SCF now offers a free seed library, always open and available at the Southside Community Farm pavilion. Come by and take what you need! As we fulfill our goal of saving our own seed this year, more and more of what is available will be grown by us directly.

Southside Free Seed Library

Medicine to the People!
The best medicine is grown in healthy soil. Besides growing fruits and veggies, SCF also grows a variety of medicinal plants for community use. We offer occasional workshops and free herbal medicine distribution. As a Black-led organization in a historically Black neighborhood, it’s important to us that we celebrate the long legacy of African American herbalism and folk medicine by growing some of our traditional medicine plants. We also focus on the pertinent health needs here in our community, such as immune support, eldercare, childcare, nervous system support, and basic first aid.

Chamomile tea grown at SCF and harvested at a BIPOC-only garden day event.

Southside Community Orchard
This 0.15 acre apple orchard in our neighborhood was installed by Asheville GreenWorks, but since the beginning of 2021 Southside Community Farm has taken over care of the plot. This year, we are expanding the orchard into a diverse food forest full of berries, culinary herbs, medicinals, and pollinator plants.

Farm manager Chloe Moore (and a young blueberry plant) at Southside Community Orchard, 214 Livingston Street, Asheville.

Mobile Market
Our elder and co-founder Mr. Harris is always telling us to “take the garden out of the garden,” meaning that we must always find creative, mindful ways to meet community members where they are and bring our offerings out into the neighborhood. One way we hope to make this a reality is by starting a mobile market. Not everyone in our community has the time, ability, or desire to come to the farm. So we want to bring our food right to where our neighbors live! To help us purchase a vehicle for our mobile market, donate here.

Help us purchase a vehicle for a mobile market!