Swannanoa Community Garden
There’s nothing like fresh-from-the-garden vegetables, or just-picked flowers. And there’s nothing like the camaraderie of fellow gardeners sharing tips, exchanging ideas, enjoying the outdoors and making new friends.
Swannanoans — young or old; experienced or novice — have a unique opportunity to “get back to the land” in the community garden, located in the Grovemont neighborhood.
Sponsored by FANS, and founded in 2010, garden plots sold quickly. “Modifications and improvements have been made, and we’re looking to another fabulous year,” says Community Garden Manager Sandy Drake.
The garden consists of multiple plots that individuals or groups can rent, plant and care for throughout the season. Renters can grow food for themselves, share with others, sell, donate …whatever they want!
How it Works
The garden is split into 10 plots of 400 square feet at $30 each, or half a plot for $18. Plots are available for planting in mid- to late-March and harvested by mid-October, unless other arrangements are made with the Garden Manager.
Water is available, and is included in the price of rental, though there may be a shared fee if too much water is used. Any compost that is available is also included in the rent.
Want to Know More?
If you’re interested in renting a plot, or want more information, please contact Sandy Drake, Garden Manager by phone at 828-581-9020, by posting on the Swannanoa Community Garden Facebook Wall, or through our Contact form.
“Don’t be intimidated,” says Sandy. “If you don’t have the money, time, or experience, we are always willing to find ways to help you out! We can find experienced gardeners to provide assistance, work out a price deal or share materials.”
How to Become a Gardener
Interested gardeners are encouraged to rent their plots early in the year, to get their choice and assure that plots are available.
- Call for more information or to reserve a plot: 828-581-9020
- Post your question or request for a plot on Facebook to Swannanoa Community Garden
- Contact Us and provide your contact information
Diagram of Garden Plots
Location of the Garden
Facebook link to the Swannanoa Community Garden
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