Our Programs

Food Production and Distribution

Join us for our weekly Share Market at Root Cause Farm, every Sunday from 4:30-6:30!

Come on by to the farm for free, fresh produce grown by us and our neighbors. 

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2022 internship applications are now open!

Our different internship programs offer a unique hands-on experience for our participants to learn about gardening and food security through working with the land and supporting Root Cause Farm's food production and distribution programs. We are looking for passionate, excited individuals looking to get their hands in the soil, support our communications, and make a difference in their community. 

Applications are open on a rolling basis from May-November. To learn more and to apply to our Garden Crew Internship, click on the pdf below: 

Past and current internship opportunities have included being garden crew members, managing our herb garden, supporting produce distribution and partnerships, and maintaining our sanctuary space. Please note that while these are unpaid, we offer commitment, education, produce, and a strong community oriented experience woven in reciprocity. 


Community Garden

Introducing RCF's Community Garden - Where Everyone Can Grow!

No space for your own plot? RCF's new initiative offers neighbors a chance to grow food for themselves.

Here's how you can get involved:

Volunteer! If you are interested in working in the community garden next year, use our Community Garden signup form to let us know! 

Coordinate! Apply to our Assistant Farm Manager Position to support the coordination of our community garden! Position description (PDF)

Donate! Funds to support coordination, tools, plants, and education, or items from our needs list. Check out our wishlist to make this space thrive.


Sprouts Summer Program

We are reimagining our SPROUTS program for 2022 to be held by community members. If you are interested in learning more and being involved, email Jess,!

Our Training Guide

Whether you’re determined to start a Giving Garden, have an existing shared garden space and are hoping to take it to the next phase or are simply curious about the process altogether, our training manual, Gardens That Grow & Give Away Food, is a great place to begin.

In 172 pages, we explore how to think about, start and maintain a Giving Garden of any size using various models and methods so you can choose and create what works for you and your community.

Gardens That Grow Give Away Food

1. The Need (for Gardens that Give)
2. Groundwork
Purpose & Principles–The WHY Determines the HOW
First Listen
Getting Started
Steering Committees/Board Wisdom
What Type of Food Initiatives Fit You and Your Community
3. Growing a Garden that Gives Away Food
3.1 What is a Garden that Gives
3.2 Quick Start Outline for Starting a Garden that Gives
3.3 Models for Gardens that Give Away Food
3.4 Growing Methods
3.5 Start-Up Costs
3.6 Getting Started: Site Essentials, Initial Supplies and Considerations
3.7 Jobs and Responsibilities
3.8 Garden Managers
3.9 Interns
3.10 What to Grow
3.11 Growing Food
3.12 Harvest & Distribution
4. Beyond Basics
4.1 Funding
4.2 Grant Writing
4.3 Events: ‘Fun’draising & ‘Friend’raising
4.4 Building a Base of Support
4.5 Connecting with Food Recipients
4.6 Engaging Community
4.7 Leadership Skills
4.8 Partners
4.9 Projects, Programs & Initiatives
5. In Addition
5.1 Beauty & Interest
5.2 Safety & Insurance
5.3 Gardens that Give Networks–An Outline for Getting Started
5.4 Empowering Others



The creation of this important manual would not be possible without a generous grant from the
Community Foundation of Western North Carolina.

Nonprofit Garden / Mini Farm Seeks one Full Season Intern late March / early April – October 2020 and Summer Interns. We are looking for highly motivated & committed interns to assist in the daily & ever changing needs of our nonprofit garden project. Root Cause Farm, started 12 years ago as The Lord’s Acre and continues to be a nonprofit donation, educational and community-building garden. Our goal is to understand and address the many types of hunger by seeking ways of building community around gardening and food. We are intentional and hard-working, passionate about doing and improving our work, yet flexible and fun-loving and are looking for the same in our interns. In exchange for approximately 26+ hours of weekly work growing and distributing food, we offer an $800 monthly stipend, organic produce, a quality education, field trips, community outreach and immersion in a wonderful small community near Asheville. We have six acres of land with one acre under production. You can learn more about our work, our philosophy and our story here: and by checking us out on Facebook or Instagram. If you would like an application please email: Applications due Friday February 28th.