Sunday, February 25, 2018

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

Visit out website:

Directions to the garden, Garden Mission, Many photos, Journals and more!

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

 Don Dwiggins, Patsy Dwiggins, Janette Griffin, Libit Glenn, Ellen Kirby, Mike Lawless, Sandee Lawless, Richard McGavern, Jennifer Pierce, Matt Johnson, Francie Thompson, Julie Wood, Shaheen Syal, Leora Henkin

Planting and Harvest Leaders:  In addition to the above, Chris Pace, Scott Richmond, Judy Scurry, Nikki Means, Sherly Still and Frank Hassell

For More Information:

Group Inquries and Reservations: Julie Wood at 336.760.2599 or General Volunteers, Patsy Dwiggins at 336.413.5963
Adopt a Box Project: Ellen Kirby and Jennifer Pierce 336.922-7195

See sidebar directions to the garden.

For more information

Contact us at or 336 922 7195

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Journal October 7, 2017

This is the first of my journals for our blog for the Betty and Jim Holmes Food Bank Garden.  It occurred to me that if I needed to keep notes for next year, I might as well share them with you.

-Plant squash and zucchini again next year.  We stopped planting them this year due to the invasion of the dreaded squash vine borer last year.  We have learned that the best way to combat the borer is to skip a year planting squash.  We did plant butternut squash this year and had get production. It is described as the most resistant to the borer.

-We may plant less okra to make room for more squash.  Our okra production has been terrific.  It is the most consistent, longest growing crop

-Our cover crop of vetch and rye grass were terrific, even thought at first we thought we were going to get nothing due to the lack of rain.  This year we plowed the cucumber field as soon as we could and planted crimson clover and rye grass. The rains on Oct. 7-8 will give a good spurt of growth.

More to follow.    Ellen

Monday, May 1, 2017


Regular volunteer days are now closed for the 2017 season.  We will have some special work days to prepare the fields for next year (to be announced).


How to Volunteer

How to bring a group

Individual volunteers do not need to notify anyone, 

just come to the garden

If you have a GROUP of volunteers who would like to help in the spring, 

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Sunday, April 23, 2017

DIRECTIONS TO THE FOOD BANK GARDEN FROM REYNOLDA ROAD. The main entrance to the Crossnore School and Children's Home is at 1001 Reynolda Rd., Winston-Salem, NC 27104. The Farm Area  is up the gravel road across from Krankies Coffee. You will see a large sign that says Crossnore Miracle Grounds Store.

    Crossnore School
                                                                                                                                       Main Entrance

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 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