Feed Fannin hosts community gardens that are the focal point for the group’s gardening efforts. All produce grown is donated to the Family Connection Food Pantry located just down the street from our Ada Street garden. Come help your community by planting seeds and seedlings, pulling weeds, shoveling compost, harvesting produce, and cultivating the garden beds.
In 2019, we donated more than 9,000 lbs of fresh produce from our Ada Street Farm to families in need.
What We Grow
In late March or early April we begin to prepare the garden by tilling soil and planting early crops of red potatoes and cabbage. Green beans, squash, corn, and tomatoes follow, and sweet potatoes are planted mid-May. The garden is open from March until October.
Vegetables are harvested throughout summer and sweet potatoes are usually dug in early October. If weather permits, we may plant a second crop of cabbages which can be harvested in November. As winter approaches, we add leaf compost to our garden prior to seeding it with winter rye which adds organic matter to the garden soil over the winter.
The Ada Street Farm is also home to a pole barn, goat pen and pasture where the Future Farmers of America and Young Farmers Association care for and keep goats.
Interested in Growing? Ada Street Farm hosts community raised garden beds for people to rent. Learn more here.
Visit the Garden
The Garden Research Committee has established additional raised demonstration garden beds at the Ada Street Farm: a square-foot garden, a compost garden, a pallet garden, and a hydroponic garden. We’d love to show you around! Please schedule a tour of Ada Street Farm by emailing or calling us.
In Blue Ridge, access Ada Street near the railroad tracks on Mountain Street and drive north. Pass under Hwy. 515 and continue for about ¼ – ½ mile. The sign indicating the Community Garden is located on your RIGHT.
Donate to the Garden
Consider making a donation. These funds contribute to properly maintaining our equipment and tools so that they may last longer. Donations also provide us the means to purchase materials for the garden including: lumber, composted soil, seeds and plants, and poles for trellising green beans, etc.
We are grateful to the local business supporters that provide many of our seeds and plant starts.