Community Garden

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Our Model

The Dr. John Community Garden, a program of Black Mountain Parks and Rec rents 200 and 400 square foot plots to residents. Gardeners grow food for donation on 10% of their plot. The garden manager provides seeds or starts, education, and volunteer supervision for harvesting the produce, and the gardener provides the labor to grow the crop to maturity. On an additional 5000 square feet volunteers grow food exclusively for donation. All food grown for donation is distributed to our community through Bounty and Soul. Perennial crops are tended by volunteers throughout the park, including Asian pears, wild plums, blueberries and more. The garden relies on seasonal interns and community volunteers for its success.

Garden Manager Diana McCall, a part-time employee of Parks and Recreation, has 20 years of experience in permaculture, herbalism, and biodynamic and biointensive agriculture practices. McCall is also a certified facilitator and trainer of community engagement strategies through the Institute of Cultural Affairs. Through her leadership and expertise, the garden community now practices no-till methods, integrated pest management, cover cropping, and passive composting. There is strong emphasis on cultivating overall garden health through building soil fertility and increasing species diversity. McCall uses an asset-based community development approach to weave a strong reciprocal relationship web throughout her local and regional communities and across the state. She collaborates with local businesses to acquire wood chips, leaf mold, pallets, straw, and other valuable resources. As the author Mark Winne, writes in his book Closing The Food Gap, “The most important word in community gardening is not gardening!”

Contact Us

Physical Address

99 White Pine Dr, 
Black Mountain, NC 28711 

Emergency: 911


Community members can rent a half plot (8x25 ft) for $20 from March 1 to October 31. Returning gardeners can expand to a full plot (8x50 ft) for $35. Gardeners may grow year round for an additional $20 per plot.

Registration Forms

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