Our Programs


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! Sundays 3-5 PM and the 1st Wednesday of each month from 6-8 PM

Coordinate! Help plan and organize the volunteers and ensure the community garden's success.

Donate! Funds to support coordination, tools, plants, and education, or items from our needs list, such as:

  • 30 metal T-posts (6') -  $5.00/each
  • 2 chicken wire rolls, 150' long
    (4' tall is $78/each and 6' tall is $168/each)
  • 1 irrigation water timer - $30
  • 1 mainline irrigation pipe 100' - $40
  • 10 Irrigation Valves - $20 for two

For more information email Meredith: 



This is an ever-changing, ever-growing endeavor, and we are constantly evaluating new and better ways to do the best and most holistic work we can. We seek interns as much for their minds and hearts as for their labor.

Our 2021 internship opportunities are filled. 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. 


Sprouts Summer Program

Our Sprouts Summer Program is temporarily cancelled due to COVID and capacity challenges in 2020 and 2021.

Stay tuned as we are exploring low-capacity ways to still involve and engage you and your children with our kids garden and experiences at the farm.

Email with feedback, questions, or ideas.

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.