Produce to the People
Produce to the People is our newest program, but also one of our most popular! In mid-May, Bounty & Soul began driving a mobile refrigerated truck named Little Miss Green Jean into local communities to deliver fresh produce to our neighbors! We currently have a Swannanoa Mobile Market off Old Hwy 70 on Thursday’s from 4:00-5:15pm and one at Black Mountain Elementary on Friday’s from 4:30-5:45pm. Residents in these specific communities are welcome to collect produce at their designated market. Produce to the People has reached 3,600 participants with free, fresh produce in just a few short months!
Blue Ridge Apartments
108 N Blue Ridge Rd #A, Black Mountain, NC 28711
(Open to Residents)
St. James Episcopal Church
424 W State St, Black Mountain, NC 28711
10:30 – Free Class – Gentle Movement/Yoga
11:15 – Health and Wellness Lesson
12:00 – Food Distribution
Children and Friends
3126 US-70, Black Mountain, NC 28711
(Open to daycare families)
Charles D. Owen Middle School Parking Lot
730 Old US HWY 70, Swannanoa, NC 28778
4:15 – Healthy Cooking Class
5:00 – Food Distribution
Black Mountain Elementary School
100 Flat Creek Rd, Black Mountain, NC 28711
3:45 – Health and Wellness Lesson in cafeteria
4:30 – Food Distribution
Please bring a box or bag for food collection. You are always welcome!
Rooted in Health
Bounty & Soul proudly believes that education is the key to a healthy community. By using an education model, we can provide our neighbors with the resources and knowledge they need to sustain a healthy lifestyle. Our education includes health and wellness lessons, cooking demonstrations, and a variety of resources such as recipes and handouts. Through any of our 4 cooking demonstrations a week you can learn how to prepare anything ranging from spaghetti squash to the best peach salsa you’ve ever tried! Interested in learning how to quickly and easily prepare a healthy meal or side item? Come to a market and engage in our class.
We offer health and wellness lessons on Tuesdays at St. James Episcopal Church from 11:15-12:00 and on Fridays at Black Mountain Elementary School from 3:45-4:15. Classes cover a variety of topics such as Diabetes Prevention and Mitigation, Goal Setting, Stress Management, and Why Cucumbers are Good For You! You can take home handouts, recipes, and even samples. With the help of the UNCA Spanish Department, we are in the process of translating all of our Rooted in Health resources into Spanish. Speak Spanish? No worries! We already have many of our recipes ready for you.
UGrow is a partnership between Bounty & Soul and Eat Smart Black Mountain. This program inspires
and teaches individuals and families how to grow their own garden and have access to a supplemental
source of nourishing food through the regular growing season. This year, we will have ‘Dig Days’ once
a month at three of our markets that will allow participants to get soil, seeds, starts ,and containers at
no cost! This will be available to all Bounty & Soul participants! Not only do we teach people how to
grow the food, but we teach them how to prepare their harvest through Bounty & Soul’s weekly
cooking demos and wellness classes.
Through our partnerships with local farmers, growers, businesses and donors, we are able to provide
the soil, plants, materials, education and garden mentors at no cost to our participants. Since
launching the pilot in 2014, we have supported 8 families with raised beds and involved over 50
participants in the container gardening program. Last year participants planted over 650 plants in
containers for the summer and fall growing season. “Gardening has changed my life. I was chronically
depressed and by nurturing my plants and watching them grow I became excited about life again.”
Lynn, 59, first time gardener. “My two children have learned so much about where their food comes
from and are excited about the veggies in the garden. We are eating better as a family and I can’t keep
the girls out of the garden. They are my garden fairies” Whitney, mother of 2, raised bed gardener.