Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Schedule for 2020

Due to the COVID-19 epidemic we have a new schedule and guidelines for safety of volunteers,  Check our website for details and schedule at

The need for food has never been greater in our communities.  We need volunteers and appreciate your help.  

Stay safe and well.

Monday, May 1, 2017


How to Volunteer

Individual volunteers must sign up.

For details, go to website at

How to bring a group

If you have a GROUP of volunteers who would like to help this summer, send request to:


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Sunday, April 23, 2017

Sunday, May 31, 2015

"You've Got a Friend at the Food Bank Garden" now on You Tube

Volunteering at the garden is a wonderful way to develop relationships with people from diverse backgrounds, ages, organizations.  It's a unique type of community garden where all the produce goes to the regional food bank.  Through this common purpose the volunteers form quick connections with each other.

The garden is also a place for children.  Because we are an outdoor activity, children find it very interesting and friendly for their needs.  Parents tell us that it is one of the only service organizations where their children may participate.

So come along and enjoy the beautiful setting and many beautiful people. This little video illustrates the smiles that are shared in the garden.

Monday, January 5, 2015

Check out our new website

For schedule and calendar:

Go to

Monday, December 1, 2014

How Do I Volunteer?

For information about volunteering or to register a group, send a message via  We are operating under guidelines for Coronovirus precautions as requird by the Governor of NC and CDC.

INDIVIDUALS:  Need to sign up. We can only have a maximum of ten volunteers, thus the necessity for signing up.   See website for details at

GROUPS can schedule a time now. Groups need to be no more than ten people.
 Request a group volunteer form from

GROUPS need to pre-register. We prefer that you come on our regular harvesting times. This is to assure the crops are harvested in a timely manner. We can make special arrangements if necessary and if we have enough of our volunteer leaders.
Groups include business, faith groups, youth groups, clubs, college students, school programs and more.

Thanks for your support!

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Volunteers are the heart of the garden

Janette Griffin and Julie Wood prepare the produce for transporting to Second Harvest Food Bank

Richard and James repair a rototiller

Wake Forest student sow seeds in the trial garden
Father in the YMCAAdventure Princess group works with his five year old daughter to weed their sunflower bed. Sunflowers are planted to attract honey bees for pollination

Sandee Lawless helps other volunteers plant lettuce in the trial garden

Kids...are they discussing the crops or.....

Situ Shresha, a new gardener, joined the Adopt a Box project
More Blessing and her children picking green tomatoes at the end of the tomato season

Jennifer and Bob Pierce with the peppers they picked ready to go to Lowe's 
            Foods for refrigeration before Second Harvest trucks pick them up for delivery.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Garden in the News

The book American Grown by Michelle Obama includes the Food Bank Garden as one of ten gardens featured from across the country. It is in the section "Gardens of Service" about Winston-Salem gardens. The Kimberly Park Elementary School is also described. It is available from Barnes and Noble and online books such as

The Winston-Salem Journal has mentioned the garden in several articles including one by David Bare about community gardens in Winston-Salem:

To read the complete article, go to

Sunday, September 8, 2013

BB&T Bank Participates in United Way's Day of Caring

Employees helped to put our compost bin in order

Building a spiral garden with recycled materials:  banana leaves and bricks

Finished compost....was it really broccoli just six months ago?

With a spiral garden you can save space.  One 6' spiral is equivalent of a 25' row.

Repairing ad putting our sign up

Some of the wonderful folks from BB&T

Thursday, January 24, 2013

History of the Garden

It all began then Jim Holmes Jr. started the Food Bank Community Garden in 1998. In a simple discussion between Holmes and his son as they drove past The Children's Home, Jim Holmes III remembers his father saying "What a shame we aren't cultivating some of that land to grow food for hungry people". Jim's wife Betty became a partner in the implementation of the plan. Many tell stories of her playing with the chldren of families who came to the garden and bringing food for the volunteers.

It wasn't long until Mr. Holmes set up a meeting with Nan Griswold, then the director of Second Harvest which provides food for hungry people in 18 counties. This was in 1998 and the garden is still going today in 2009.

Although, according to Holmes, the volunteers from Centenary UMC have led the effort, he said, the garden truly is a "community garden" and welcomes support from other congregations and organizations. Many volunteers have worked tirelessly to make sure the legacy of Jim and Betty Holmes, Jr. continues into the future.

The Children's Home and its staff have been extremely helpful in providing the place and services that make the garden possible. Reynolda Gardens has also provided support for seeding the tomatoes in their greenhouse.

A huge thanks to the Forsyth County Agriculture Extention Office. Stephen Greer has been our guide and resource person.

Betty and Jim Holmes, Jr. Jim passed away last summer. The garden was named for the Holmes for their hard and inspiring work in starting the garden in 1998