For many years, Hub City Farmers’ Market’s Community Garden Program assisted Spartanburg County organizations in developing, enhancing or maintaining communal vegetable gardens.
Gardens come in many shapes and sizes
Raised bed gardens are sandbox-sized plots that are built above the ground. Elevated gardens are tabletop-style; perfect for seniors and people using wheelchairs. Traditional in-ground gardens can range from a few square feet to over an acre. Container gardens are great for a small space or busy schedule.
HCFM gardens have been implemented in schools, childcare centers, senior centers, neighborhoods, churches, workplaces.
Here are some of the vegetable gardens we created in the community:
Inman Elementary – 2 beds
Inman Intermediate – 2 beds
Campobello Grambling Elementary – 2 beds
Holly Springs Elementary – 2 beds
Middle Tyger Elementary – 2 beds
New Prospect Elementary – 3 beds
Arcadia Elementary – 7 beds
Butterfly Culinary at Northwest Community Center – 4 beds
Downtown Library – 1 bed
Montessori School – 3 beds
With the addition of our Urban Farm, HCFM still supports community gardens, but in strictly a supporting role. If your club, school, business, or neighborhood association is interested in creating a community garden, here is how we can help:
- Consulting and design assistance
- Help organizing and understanding labor needs for the garden’s life cycle
- A day of free on-site assistance for planting
- Low-cost, high quality soil, mulch, and compost
- Low-cost construction of raised beds and other infrastructure
- Low-cost support for harvesting and seasonal transitions
If you are interested in starting a community garden, please contact Urban Farm Manager Jimmie Tate at JTate@hubcityfm.org.
We also have a low-cost, high quality garden manual that’s available for sale. Check out the details here.