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April Second Saturday

Kickoff Second Saturday 2016 this April!

Our events celebrating local food and community are spread around the Raleigh Food Corridor and Downtown Raleigh throughout the day on April 9th



Making Preserves from Wild & Cultivated Spring Flowers
Piedmont Picnic Project @ Raleigh City Farm
800 N Blount St
9:00am - 11:00am

Learn how to turn lovely edible flowers - either from your yar or growing wild - into delicious jellies or syrups! We'll have pre-foraged flowers and everything else you need to make a batch of jelly or syrup to take home with you. Click for tickets. 

Organic Pest Control & Disease Management Workshop
Logan's One Stop Garden Shop
707 Semart Dr.
9:00am - 10:00am

Discover ways to care for your garden organically. In this class we’ll be talking about companion planting, using beneficial insects, and much more! To reserve your spot, please RSVP. Click here for contact info.

First walk of the season
Alliance Medical Ministries
101 Donald Ross Dr
10:00am - 10:30am

Patients and other members of the community will join Alliance’s doctors and staff in a 1.18 mile walk around Alliance Medical Ministry. Furry friends are welcome to attend. Drinking water will be provided. Click for more info.

Marbles Kids Museum Garden and BASF
201 E Hargett St
10:00am - 12:00pm

Head to the garden to celebrate our most important garden workers. Be a bee and build a giant hive on the fort, pollinate flowers in the garden and make a pollinator seed ball to take home and grow. Participate in a Citizen Science project to track native bees, and learn why it is so important to attract these helpers to your own garden. Weather permitting. Sponsored by BASF. Click for more info.

a weekly neighborhood market
Rebus Works
301 Kinsey St
10:00am - 1:00pm

Boylan Heights' weekly neighborhood market inside Rebus Works, bringing together farmers, bakers, crafts people, food trucks and craft brewers since 2011. Every Saturday. Bringing our community together to support our local small businesses while providing local, sustainable and organic foods in a fun, family-friendly environment.

A workshop and demo exploring pickling and fermenting your harvest
Andrew Ullom and Steve Goff @ Inter-Faith Food Shuttle's Camden Street Learning Garden
315 Camden St
10:00am - 12:00pm

Attendees will explore new recipes, new foods, and new cooking techniques at Camden Street Learning Garden on Saturday morning. This month, chefs will work to teach attendees how to cook with preserved and fermented foods, offer samples of new recipes, and provide an opportunity for hands-on pickling and fermenting of some of springs early bounty!

Throughout the 2016 Second Saturday series, local chefs Andrew Ullom, Steve Goff and Geoff Seelen will work with community partners to reinvent familiar recipes and food relationships. Monthly recipes and topics will be chosen by the children and community members growing produce in the garden.

If you live further than 4 blocks from the Camden Street Learning Garden, we ask that you RSVP for limited seats here.

Passage Home @ The Safety Club
1208 Mangum St
12:00pm - 3pm

Passage Home will have a soft opening for the Urban Farmers Market which will be located in the kids zone across from the Safety Club. Partnering with EFNEP of NC, Greater Heights United Methodist Church of Clayton NC, Bayer Crop Science, Happy N Hale, and community members of the South Park neighborhood, this event will emphasize healthy eating and adopting a healthy lifestyle. Come out in the morning to volunteer, stay for lunch and to learn more about healthy lifestyles.

By creating the Alpha Garden residents of South Park have an opportunity to learn about how easy and affordable it is to eat healthy. All while receiving the necessary education that comes with adopting this lifestyle. The Urban Farmers Market and the Alpha Garden will engage the community, create jobs, and social enterprise by means of community development.

Marbles Kids Museum and BASF as part of the NC Science Festival
201 E Hargett St
1:00pm - 3:00pm

Concoct trail mix, experiment with food preservation and learn about ways to stay hydrated with guest star scientists from NC State University’s FEAST (Food, Engineering and Science Technology) Club. A part of the NC Science Festival. Sponsored by BASF. Click for more info.

a garden and small business tour
Sweet Peas Urban Gardens
1931 New Bern Ave
2:00pm - 5:00pm

Sweet Peas Urban Gardens is located just a few blocks east of the Food Corridor, close to the heart of downtown Raleigh. We are excited to give you a peek at our growing space!

The Cropbox, an innovative growing system developed by NCSU graduate Ben Greene and Tripp Williamson of Williamson Greenhouses in Clinton, NC, solved the predicament our little microgreen operation was faced with as our production needs expanded.

A CropBox is a turnkey hydroponic growing system retrofitted in a used shipping container that allows us to control almost every aspect of the growing environment. Temperature, precipitation, light, humidity, CO2 levels, and air circulation are all managed via an integrated software program. We use a Reverse Osmosis filter to scrub the water of any impurities before introducing it to the greens. With this level of control over the growing environment, there is no need for pesticides, herbicides, fertilizers, or any additives!
We produce microgreens with non GMO heritage seed and the perfect growing environment leaving barely a micro footprint!

Sweet Peas Urban Gardens is committed to provide our local restaurants and markets with freshly cut, nutrient-rich microgreens that are grown right here in Raleigh. Additionally, we provide advice to local NGOs, universities and private investors about the potential for the Cropbox to become not only a source of fresh, healthy food but also of job opportunities in food desserts all around the country.

a downtown walking tour with Erin White, Community Food Lab
departs from the Acorn at Moore Square
3:00pm - 4:30pm

What would a heathy urban food system look like? How could Raleigh start to weave food into downtown and create vibrant public spaces, economic opportunity, increased biodiversity, and strong communities? Join the founder of Community Food Lab and interim Chair of the Capital Area Food Network on a guided exploration of food in the city.

Live it Up! Hillsborough Street
Compiegne Park - 2300 block of Hillsborough St
2:00pm - 10:00pm

Live & Local: Earth Day 2016 will feature four stages, multiple bands and live performances, kids zone, bouncy houses, local food trucks and environmental workshops.  Hillsborough Street will not be closed for the event. Click for details on bands, vendors + more.

Gravy and Raleigh Times Inaugural event
corner of Hargett St and Wilmington St
6:00pm - 9:00pm

How do rock-n-rollers gear up for a marathon? With the King of Rock and Roll and a little carbo-loading from Gravy!

We’re closing down Hargett Street in front The Raleigh Times for a good old-fashioned block party with a little Wayne Euliss, an Elvis Tribute Artist, plenty of local beer from Big Boss Brewery and a spaghetti dinner by Gravy.

It’s a meal sure to fuel both runners and marathon spectators alike! On the menu: Gravy’s famous spaghetti and meatballs and garlic knots with a kale Caesar salad, all for $10 a plate. Don’t want to eat? No problem! Come enjoy the music and beer, available at the Big Boss Brewery beer tent. Buy tickets now or at the event gate. Proceeds will benefit the Alexander YMCA.


Each Second Saturday, we come together as volunteers to help grow gardens along the Raleigh Food Corridor. Please join us for a morning of meaningful work in one this month's gardens

101 Donald Ross Dr
9:30am - 12:00pm

Join us at Alliance’s 2016 Garden Launch event! Participants can expect the following activities: planting, mending the soil, mulching, composting, interactive learning and environmental education, and assisting in garden beautification projects (e.g., recyclable art). All skill levels and ages are encouraged to participate. Drinking water and tools are provided, and the local Deli-icious food truck will be on site for those who want to purchase lunch. Click for more info. Sign up here.

1208 Mangum St
9:00am - 12:00pm

Come out and help build Passage Home's Alpha Garden. By creating the Alpha Garden residents of South Park have an opportunity to learn about how easy and affordable it is to eat healthy. All while receiving the necessary education that comes with adopting this lifestyle. The Urban Farmers Market and the Alpha Garden will engage the community, create jobs, and social enterprise by means of community development.

Sign up here.

322 East Cabarrus St
9:00am - 12:00pm

The work day will focus on preparation for the spring planting, including weeding raised beds and filling with additional garden soil and compost. Help is also needed for planting fruit trees, installing a teepee for productive vines, planting a vertical strawberry bed, and weeding and mulching around existing fruit trees and shrubs.

Sign up here.

Beginning and Beyond Child Development Center serves 102 children in downtown Raleigh, NC. As a demonstration center with the Preventing Obesity by Design (POD) Wake County Program, they have a goal to create an active and productive outdoor learning environment. They have made much progress towards this goal, installing a fenced-in learning garden that features raised beds, a compost area, storage shed, water source, gazebo, and arbor. They have also installed permanent edibles including apple, pear, and plum trees, and blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, and muscadines. Children enjoy planting, tending, and harvesting fresh fruits, vegetables, and herbs that provide a source of fresh, local produce for the center's meals and snacks.

corner of Person and Cabarrus St
Ryan McGuire and The Chef's Academy
9:00am - 12:00pm

This work day will focus on preparation for the spring planting, including weeding raised beds and pruning excess vegetation. We might even plant a few seeds!

The Prince Hall Garden was started in 2014. This month, Chef Ryan McGuire and students from the Chef's Academy will be working in the garden. Join them if you want to get your hands dirty in an urban garden!

Want to host an event on Second Saturday?

Check out our simple guidelines at and contact us with your idea.

We love to include new partners!