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Buying Local in Rutherford County

Resource TitleResource Description
Rutherford County Farmers’ MarketSaturday mornings in Forest City, shop from a variety of local vendors. Accepts SNAP/EBT; member of Double Up Food Bucks.

Participating produce, dairy, egg, meat, baked goods, and plant vendors include Able Acres Family Farm, Aunt Wendy’s Kitchen, Cain Farms, Deer Valley Farms, Dollar Down Farm, Jones Family Farm, Maple Creek Farm and Apiary LLC, Whippoorwill Hill Farm, Whitehouse Beef and Berry Farm, Hardin Hill Family Farm, A-Team Produce, Hemlock Hill Farm, Hardscrabble Hollow Farm, Kiss of the Sun Gardens, Tipton’s Garden, B and D Farms, Seven Oaks Farm, Subtle Seed Farm, C-Saw Hill Farms, Pettycoat Junction, Vandele Farms on Cedar Creek, Pie Safe, Ann and Russ Family Farms, Greenhill Worm Farm, Asana Herb Farm, Beech Spring Compost, Spirit of Sunday Alpacas, Heirloom Annie Farms, In Bloom Flower Farm, A Patch of Heaven Farm, Greene Family Farm, Blue Goat Dairy, Maple Creek Farm, Quail Thicket, Hendley’s Farm, Jackson Corbin Honey.
Additional Rutherford County FarmsAll Natural Farms, Antler Valley Farm, Belflower Farm, Colfax Creek Farm, Darby Farms Wellness, Double E Farms, New Beginnings Historic Farm, Pangea Plants, Under the Sun Farms, A Way of Life Farm, Buzzing Bee’s Woodland Preserve.

Community Gardening in Rutherford County

Resource TitleResource Description
Ruff’ton Roots“Ruff’ton Roots is a gathering of community volunteers coming together to grow quality produce for our neighbors. We grow all crops together as a team, with community service at the heart of our organization. The goals of our project are to unite the community under a common, generous purpose; create public space to teach and learn gardening methods; offer opportunity to be a part of shaping our town’s future; foster community leadership, and to lend a hand to our citizens in need.”
Grahamtown Team Community Garden“The GTeam works with community partners such as RHI Legacy, Rutherford County Schools and students to plant, grow and harvest fresh organic fruits and vegetables.  In 2019, the Grahamtown offered the Grahamtown community individual garden plots that they could have in their own yards in an effort to get children and families to begin growing healthy produce in their own yard.”
NC Cooperative Extension Community Gardening ResourcesRutherford County Community Garden Site

How to Organize a Community Garden

Food Safety for School & Community Gardens

Collard Greens and Common Ground: A North Carolina Community Food Gardening Handbook

Creating a Community Garden on a Vacant Lot

North Carolina Community Garden Partners Garden Directory

Getting Active in Rutherford County

Resource TitleResource Description
Rutherfordton TrailsFind brochures and maps for the Gold Mile, Purple Martin Greenway, Kid’s Safari, and Historic Walking Tour trails in Rutherfordton.
Thermal Belt Rail Trail13.58 miles of paved greenway through Rutherfordton, Spindale, and Forest City.
Rutherford Outdoor CoalitionExplore a database of all the county’s trails, including hiking trails, multi-use greenways, and paddling trails.
Rutherfordton ParksView all Town of Rutherford parks on a map, including addresses and descriptions of each park.
Spindale Parks and RecreationFind exercise, outdoor play, and sport facilities in Spindale.
Town of Forest City Parks and Recreation FacilitiesExplore Parks, exercise facilities, and green spaces in Forest City.
Town of Lake Lure Parks and TrailsFind information about the 10+ parks and recreation spaces in the Town of Lake Lure.
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