Rice Street Community Garden – 2020 Grant

The Rice Street Community Garden’s goal is to produce fresh, organically grown, sustainable crops for the food-insecure population of Transylvania County. All of this community-based garden’s produce is donated to a Brevard food bank called Sharing House and a soup kitchen known as Bread of Life, helping to feed the needy of the town and county.

The garden grew its first crops in 2012. By mid-August of its third year, RSCG had harvested and donated 1,729 pounds of produce, worth approximately $6,918 (based on a multiplier for organic produce developed by an Asheville-based organization called Gardens That Give).

Fast distribution helps ensure that food-insecure households receive the freshest organic produce. Crops grown include asparagus, banana peppers, broccoli, bell peppers, butternut squash, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, collard greens, cucumbers, green beans, kale, lettuce (various varieties), okra, onions, peas, potatoes, radishes, summer squash, sweet potatoes, Swiss chard, turnips, and zucchini.

Lake Toxaway Charities recently approved a $500 grant for the Rice Street Community Garden. The grant will be used to purchase lumber for raised planter beds for the organic vegetable garden to help feed our neighbors in need.

2020 Grant Approvals

The Haven – 2020 Grant

The mission of The Haven of Transylvania County is to help individuals and families in crisis who are experiencing homelessness by providing temporary refuge in a clean, supportive environment. They help coordinate the community’s resources for counseling/case management, medical care,…

Pisgah Legal Services – 2020 Grant

For forty years Pisgah Legal Services (PLS), a non-profit law firm, has helped low-income people in Western North Carolina meet needs such as protection from domestic violence, avoiding homelessness, finding safe housing, accessing health care, and increasing income. PLS has…

Summit Charter School – 2020 Grant

Talented educators and engaged parents partner together to create an exceptional educational environment in which the Kindergarten through Grade Ten students are able to develop a level of confidence that invokes success, self-worth, and the opportunity to thrive in all…

Special Olympics – 2020 Grant Assessment

Special Olympics provides year-round sports opportunities for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes…

Gods Way Food Pantry – 2020 Grant Assessment

Gods Way Food Pantry, a rural church-based food ministry, has served Balsam Grove and surrounding communities for over fifteen years. Over 250,000 lbs of food are distributed yearly, and each month approximately 500 families in Transylvania and Jackson Counties rely…

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