Sunday, September 27, 2015

Sunset Supper in the Garden 



Tuesday, October 6 at 5:30 PM

Food and drink will be provided
but bring a blanket or chair

RSVP by email by October 4


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

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Welcome to the Betty and Jim Holmes Food Bank Garden, Winston-Salem, NC

Thank you for visiting our blog.  We will try to give you updates on what is happening.  Our mission is to grow fresh, local food for our regional food bank, Second Harvest of Northwestern NC which includes 18 counties in northwest NC (from Burlington to Boone). With increasing poverty in our area due to the economy and severe loss of jobs, the food bank's needs have more than doubled in the past two years.

We know that fresh produce is the healthiest food there is. We want to make it available to people in need. We are an all volunteer operation. Through this blog we want to inform volunteers and interested persons about what we do. Please join us! The directions to our garden are at the bottom of the page. Tell us if you have questions or ideas. We'd love to hear from you.

Volunteer Leaders

Coordinating Team:

 Harry Corpening, Don Dwiggins, Patsy Dwiggins, Janette Griffin, Libit Glenn, Ellen Kirby, Mike Lawless, Sandee Lawless, Richard McGavern, Jennifer Pierce, Matt Johnson, Francie Thompson, Julie Wood.

Harvest Leaders:  In addition to the above, Leora Henken, Noah Feldman and Chris Pace

For More Information:

Group Inquries and Reservation: Julie Wood at 336.760.2599 or Patsy Dwiggins at 336.413.5963
Adopt a Box Project: Ellen Kirby

See sidebar directions to the garden.

For more information

Contact us at or 336 922 7195

Monday, December 1, 2014

How Do I Volunteer?

For information about volunteering or to register a group, send a message via or call Julie Wood at 336.760.2599 or Patsy Dwiggins at 336.413.5963.

INDIVIDUALS can come any time we have a regular garden
time.  You can come one time or as many times as you wish. Individuals do not have to sign in advance, just show up!

GROUPS can schedule a time now. Usually a group of five or more people will
sign up on a specific date. 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

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Whatever lofty things you might accomplish today, you will do them only because you first ate something that grew out of dirt.

- Barbara Kingsolver