Community Gardens Bike Tour Set for May 13th!

Jump on your bike and join us!  
Don’t miss out on this fun, family-friendly event!


Local Grower Spotlight: Barnes Farms

Tucked away off the main highway in Dudley, you’ll find a homestead.  This oasis of local food belongs to the Barnes family.  This family of 4–Jennifer, John, Isabell and Eloise – owns and operates Barnes Farms.  Their primary goal is to feed themselves and to feed the community.  Barnes Farms has donated hundreds of transplants to area community garden projects like the ones at the Goldsboro Library, The Freedom Farm and Dillard Academy.  Additionally, they offer food plants for sale to companies, orgs and individuals, all in an effort to get good food to the people!  Below is a price list.  Contact Jennifer Barnes if you’re looking to get something good growing in your own backyard!

Barnes Farms

Contact: Jennifer Barnes (919) 539-1439;

Price List of Items

Food Plants:

  • 4 pack…….$2
  • Flats (8) ……….$8
  • Buckets ………………$15


  • 4 pack…….$3
  • Flats…………$15

 Tomatoes:   Roma, Homestead, Marglobe, Cherokee Purple, German Johnson, Pineapple

Herbs:  Basil, Thyme, Dill, Cilantro, Arugula

Peppers: Green peppers, Jalapeno peppers

Flowers: Petunias, Marigolds

Plum Tree Market Place Set to Open!

Spending your food dollars locally just became a little easier in Wayne County with the Opening Friday of Plum Tree Market Place!  On Friday, April 8th, Plum Tree market debuts it’s 2nd season of local art and local food.  This time around, every 1st Friday, there will also be local music!  Check out the info below and support!  We’ll see yall at the marketplace!

Farmers Market/Community Gardens

 104 South George Street ~ Historic Goldsboro
(between Walnut & Chestnut Streets)

Opening TODAY, Friday, April 8, 2011
4pm-7pm – Open Every Friday thru Fall
Local Produce ~ Local Artists ~ Home Produced Items ~ American Indian Artisans

First Fridays ~ Music & Food!

For more info:
Dreamweaver or Lotus Blossom @ (919) 736-9412

Mark your calendar: Day of Caring Volunteer Event, May 13th

Wayne Food Initiative is preparing for the United Way’s “Days of Caring” event on May 13th!  If you’re interested in finding out about upcoming volunteer opportunities, please contact shorlette at  To volunteer at the Freedom Farm, please contact Charles at!

Kids day at the Farmers Market


Wayne County Public Library summer program kids at Health Department Farmers Market, July 2009

On Wed, a gaggle of students were running around at the farmers’ market in Goldsboro elbows deep in fresh fruits and vegetables.

While I was taking photos of the kids–who were interviewing farmers, taking photos of veggies, identifying parts of plants, and running a pretend farm stand of their own–I eve’s dropped, and heard astounding knowledge out of the mouths of babes: “That watermelon was just picked this morning but a grocery store watermelon could have been picked a week ago.  And they spray them with gas to make them ripe since they weren’t ripe yet when they picked them.  And here [at the farmers market] I get to talk right to the farmer who grew it.”  It was a sweet day.  See the full gallery of pictures of the event.

This event is keystone to what WFI is all about–connecting organizational efforts to create more opportunities for kids to access healthy, locally grown food.  CEFS has summer interns working on all aspects of the research farm, and one particularly who works with community groups in Goldsboro.  Laura Stroud coordinated the day by connecting two WFI partner’s good work.

Karen Padgett, with the County Health Department, organizes the Mini Mobile Farmer’s Market which works on two fronts: 1.) providing a market opportunity for local farmers to sell their produce and flowers while 2.) simultaneously making it simpler for employees at the health department, mothers and children clients on Wednesday, and ANY local residents to buy fresh, healthy, locally grown produce.

Shorlette Ammons-Stephens educates kids and provides hands on growing opportunities through her summer gardening program at the WCPL.

The Market is open every Wednesday mid-April through October from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Health Department parking lot on the corner of Lionel St. and Ash St.


CASTLES kids making chowchow

Usually the CASTLES “Seeds to Sales” kids are selling produce from their garden at the farmers market, but money is tight and they’ve not had enough support to make that happen this year.  They are growing, and making chow chow, but need money and volunteers to bring their program to it’s full potential!

Laura has also organized a fundraiser for the CASTLES K-4 gardening program.

Monday, July 27th,

from 11-2

at Pupetta’s Bar and Grill on Center St.

join us for lunch!! and support the good things that grow when you put children in a garden!

Pupetta’s will donate a portion of all proceeds to the CASTLES children’s current gardening and canning projects.

Growing stuff in May

have you seen The Future of Food?  watch it for free on-lin:

FARMERS’ MARKET now open, every WED, 10:30-4:00!!  Local & Fresh; come support your community farmers! corner of Lionel and Ash, at Health Department parking lot.

WCPL garden and public workshop series developed in 2006 by Shorlette Ammons-Stephens

WCPL garden and public workshop series developed in 2006 by Shorlette Ammons-Stephens

May 9th, Library Garden Workday! 10am. Come plant!!

May 16th we have a Food Works 101 workshop for youth and others, focusing on gardens and cooking businesses, at the Community Crisis Center in Goldsboro.  10am-5:30 and a COMMUNITY POTLUCK with music after.  Come join us and bring your favorite dish, and chairs or a blanket!

May 26th is the next WFI meeting, Wayne County Public Library, again working on Organizational Development with Good Works.