Southside BIPOC Farmers Market
Since 2021 we have hosted a farmers market as a way to make healthy, fresh food available in our neighborhood and to promote local craftspeople and farmers of color. We host 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 many other local Black and brown vendors at our EBT-accessible market. Our previous vendors have included: Tierra Fertil, Soulful Simone Farm, Melanin Rising Co., Tha Madd Baker, WolfMother Medicines, Burton Street Peace Gardens, Shiloh Community Garden, Wadadli Dessert Oasis, Xaka Leon, The AppaLatin Farmstead, Cora’s Garden, and many more. Come visit Asheville’s only BIPOC farmers market!
2023 farmers markets will be 12-3 PM on the first Sunday of the month starting May 7.
Southside Free 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 on the farm. In 2022, we expanded this free grocery program to include outdoor refrigerator space (by the parking lot-side doors of the Edington Center, 133 Livingston Street) and pantry space (214 Livingston St.). We also partner with another outdoor fridge and pantry in the neighborhood, the South French Free Fridge (382 South French Broad Ave), by providing fresh fruits and veggies. In addition to offering our own produce, we purchase staple foods from local and BIPOC producers to offer in our community free of charge!
In 2022, we grew over 1000 pound of produce for free distribution through this program.
Youth 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. Our youth programs support young people while inspiring curious exploration of the outdoors and their neighborhood.
Southside Community Orchard
Our 0.2 acre food forest is home to fruit trees, berries, culinary herbs, medicinal herbs, and pollinator plants. It also includes picnic tables and a little free food pantry. The orchard location is 214 Livingston St., just about a block up the road from our farm plot.
Southside Free Seed Library
We love 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 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 seeds, more and more of what is available will be grown by us directly.
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.
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 fresh local food right to where our neighbors live! To help us purchase a vehicle for our mobile market, donate here.