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Mushroom Logs For Sale

We have three varieties of Mushroom Logs available for purchase. Get yours now just in time for Fruiting Season!

“Jette” Black Thumb – An Introduction

My name is Jette, and I am starting a new Blog Series called “Gardening With A ‘Jette’ Black Thumb, to show an unique perspective on Garner Grows!

Growing Our Future – The Year So Far

From an empty 1+ acre field last August, now in February we have prepped almost the whole lot and will be ready to plant soon!

Milanesa with Red Sauce & Rutabaga Mashed Potatoes

This recipe, cooked and adapted by Layla Bonilla, was a 2nd place winner at the 2022 NC State Fair! Breaded cubed steak topped with flavorful red sauce and served with a side of rutabaga mashed potatoes.

Garden Salad With Sirloin Tips

This recipe, cooked and adapted by Layla Bonilla, was a 1st place winner at the 2022 NC State Fair! A cornucopia of fresh veggies are topped with tender and flavorful pieces of sirloin tip steak and tossed in a brown-sugar balsamic dressing.

Vegan Veggie Grain Bowl

This recipe, cooked and adapted by Layla Bonilla, was a 1st place winner at the 2022 NC State Fair! This grain bowl may be healthy, but it is not lacking in flavor!

Baked Feta Pasta

This deceptively simple dish is full of flavor, and even people who normally don’t like feta cheese have professed a love for this pasta dish!

Gardening Tips for Back Health & Safety

Gardening can be hard on the back! Follow these tips from Erbst OrthoSport to avoid injuries and keep your gardening experience enjoyable.

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Mission Statement

Our motto, “Share the work, share the harvest” emphasizes our focus on collaboration and community spirit.

Juliette “Jette” Rouse

Juliette often jokes that she is the “Black Thumb” of her family, and she was hesitant to join the garden until recently. When she learned that Garner Grows was in need of a Website Admin, she jumped at the chance to contribute to a worthwhile cause!

How Garner Grows Works

Find out more about how our Community Garden works. We would love to have you join us!

Plant Sales

It’s Plant Sale season! Come join us and get something for your own garden!

Member Calendar

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Vivian Howard’s Tomato Pie

and bubbly. This is the perfect recipe for using up your excess fresh garden tomatoes! Vegetarians and carnivores alike will love this delicious tomato pie.

4: Martin Petherbridge

Martin is the Leader at Garner Grows that acts as our public speaker. He was instrumental in helping to represent us when petitioning the Town of Garner to provide our garden with a new plot of land right in the heart of Garner, so that members would have easy access!

2: Tammy Kennedy

Tammy Kennedy has been a member since 2010 and was the first leader after Maggie. The plant geek of the group, she enjoys learning about any and all plants – the odder the better and is happy to share said knowledge if you ask. But, she’s a talker, so you’ve been warned! She also enjoys planning the crop rotations and raising butterflies. She feels the best part of the garden is the family that the members become.

3: Pam Bonilla

Pam has been a member of the garden since 2013 and quickly took on a leadership role. As our New Member Liaison, you will speak with her quite a bit if you choose to join our garden. She is also our Procurement Specialist; meaning she has a knack for finding garden supplies cheaper than dirt (pardon the gardening pun), or even for free!

1: Mary “Maggie” Tubilleja

Her given name is Mary, but she prefers to be called “Maggie”, and she has been with the garden since 2010 when she originally founded it! A self-proclaimed introvert, Maggie says she started the garden as a way to meet new people and it was successful beyond her wildest dreams!

5: Layla Bonilla

A garner resident born and raised, Layla joined Garner Grows in 2014, and took on a leadership role in 2019. Permaculture enthusiast and lover of all things livestock, Layla is your go-to person for questions about small scale animal care and homesteading.

Sweet William

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Sukuma Wiki (African Braised Kale with Tomatoes)

“Sukuma wiki” is a Swahili phrase meaning, depending on how you translate it, “week-pusher,” “push the week,” or “stretch the week.” A great way to use kale or collards in flavorful stew served as a side or on rice. A little cooked meat can be added as well if you’d like

Singing Squash Sauté

This dish is very similar to ratatouille, and you could easily substitute or add other veggies into the mix, such as eggplant or greens.

Roasted Spiced Sweet Potatoes

Coriander, fennel, oregano and red pepper flakes give these simple sweet potato wedges a flavor boost

Roasted Okra

Roasting okra at a high temperature leaves the okra lightly seared and tender

Hot Sauce

This isn’t so much a recipe as it is general tips & tricks for making hot sauce. With these simple, tried and true methods you can’t go wrong

Lemon Basil Potatoes

Fragrant lemon basil adds a light, citrusy note to this simple potato dish.

Kickin’ Collard Greens

These easy Southern collard greens are kickin’ thanks to flavorful additions like bacon, onions, and red pepper flakes.

Herb Watermelon Feta Salad

Watermelon is always a refreshing summer treat! Throw in some red onion, feta and herbs, then toss it all with a very simple vinaigrette to make a mean summer salad.


Classic guacamole is great on your favorite Mexican dishes, or just serve as a dip with corn chips

Ginger Ale Carrots

When we add a can of soda to this dish, the liquid cooks off, leaving a glaze of sweet caramelization on top of the carrots. It’s like a boost of flavor!


This is a light & refreshing, chilled, Spanish tomato soup. And when made with the season’s best ripe produce there’s no better way to beat the heat.

Fresh-Herb Pasta Primavera

A Parmesan cream sauce tops pasta made with your choice of fresh herbs and veggies

Eggplant Parmesan

This Eggplant Parmesan makeover skips the fry and bakes the eggplant until it has a crisp. A combination of part-skim ricotta, sliced mozzarella, fontina, and Parmesan cheese allows for even coverage without hiding the eggplant or adding too much fat.

Delightful Deep-Dish Tomato Pie

An edited version of Paula Deen’s Savory Tomato Pie, this one has a lighter, higher-fiber pastry crust and uses reduced fat dairy products.

Carrot-Cranberry Salad

This carrot slaw is a delicious spin on classic French grated carrot salad. With dried cranberries and ginger in a citrus vinaigrette, it’s crunchy, tart and sweet

Basic Salsa

A fresh and flavorful salsa with no need to cook!

Baked Kale Chips

Even the most vegetable-resistant eater will be impressed by these light and crispy treats!

10/11/2020 – The Spicy Post

THE SPICY POST: Some of us here at Garner Grows really love our peppers, especially those of us who start seedlings indoors each year. So naturally we end up with quite a few pepper plants growing.

9/2/20 – Community and Garden Grows

Friends and families come together, and different cultures appreciate each other.
Vegetables, fruits and flowers are not everything at Garner Grows. There is knowledge and skills to teach and learn

1/13/20 – Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!
We started off the year by breaking in a new fire ring. Kids were happily swarming around, playing in the branches and mulch pile between marshmallow roasting and peanut picking

5/28/19 – Make Memories for Memorial Day

Memorial day is a time of remembrance but can also be downtime to enjoy with friends and family. If either or both of those is scarce, come to your community garden and make your own

4/25/19 – Goat Farm Field Trip

Dear garden friends, I am happy to report that the Prodigal Goat Farm field trip was a success. We wish everybody could have come along!

4/2/19 – Garner Grows springs green!

Garner Grows springs green! With the budding growth of the spring season comes new members, generous sponsors, and a variety of exciting events!

10/30/18 – Cool Season at the Garden

Cool season at the garden is my favorite garden time. Mosquitoes and ants are minimal and it is not as uncomfortable. See what events we have to look forward tp next!

8/22/18 – Mother Nature Smiles

If you miss a couple of weeks at Garner Grows Community Garden, you can miss a lot! Catch up on the news about rabbits, a mother hawk, praying mantises and bats, and what they have to do with the garden.

7/1/18 – Heat of Summer

We’re combatting the heat with an irrigation system and changing our workday hours to later in the evening as the heat dissipates.

6/2/18 – State Of The Berries Address

Blackberries are in season! Every few days we pick another 4-6 quarts. Red raspberries are also in season, but not as prolific. Blueberries and wineberries may be ready in a month. “The sweetness of the fruit is in the strength of the root.”

5/10/18 – Garner Grows Embraces the Community

We are a community garden who want to grow a variety of fresh produce, as well welcoming ornamentals to dazzle passersby. We embrace people of all ages, stripes, abilities, etc, to visit and take part in the garden.  

4/16/18 – Spring Abundance

Spring has arrived and with it comes abundance, not just of crops, but new members, successful fundraising and generosity of time and donations

3/10/18 – Spring IS Coming!

It was a beautiful and productive day for our garden community. In spite of snow in the forecast, spring IS coming!

3/3/18 – Brrr! Our Gardeners Defy The Cold

With temperatures barely 40 and a wind too strong to have a warming fire, our brave and hardy gardeners took home some of the first of spinach, parsley and kale

2/25/18 – No Pain, No Gain

Several of our members were feeling the pain this week, but after 3 weeks of weather-related cancellations, nothing was going to keep us from the garden!

1/27/18 – Hugelkultur

Hugelkultur… funny word, serious composting on steroids! Not only will they provide a nourishing spot for crops to grow, but they will reduce water runoff.

1/21/18 – Snow Can’t Stop Us

The snow didn’t keep us down, and it even has benefits like killing mosquitoes, fleas and ticks, and as it melts it will gently water the seedlings

4/22/2017 – We Grew Right Through Winter!

I would say that we are about to begin our spring growing season, but as warm as it has been all winter, we just kept growing! Right now we are harvesting lots of greens for salads

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