Miracle Grounds Farm & Food Forest
The vision of Miracle Grounds Farm is to support Crossnore’s mission through experiential learning and exploratory education in the garden. We help feed and empower Crossnore youth, families, and the community. As an educational space, we offer ways for kids build resiliency by using a trauma-informed lens to deepen their experience of nature.
Established in 2017, Miracle Grounds Farm sits on 100 acres at the center of the Winston-Salem campus of Crossnore Communities for Children. Volunteers work in the fields, planting and cultivating crops, and then participate in the harvest of each season. Children who live on campus at Crossnore get their hands in the soil too and are especially proud of the produce they grow.
In 2019, the Twin City Garden Club provided generous support to create an experiential and educational food forest at the entrance of Miracle Grounds Farm. This project is central to the farm and how we involve and teach kids about nature and food. We created the food forest with the elements of permaculture in mind. Our permanent beds are designed and built with supportive and sustainable ecosystems (plants that support each other). The food forest is a self-guided and interactive space that includes a meditation space, native/perennial pollinator beds, edible bed, native fruit trees and shrubs, accessible paths that are open to the public, and more.
Miracle Grounds Farm Impact
At the end of 2021, Miracle Grounds Farm accomplished the following:
Miracle Grounds Farm and the Food Forest are a self-guided experience that encourages curiosity and learning. It is open to the public and to schools for private educational field trips. During the year, several educational events, workshops, and experiences are provided to the kids we serve. In the past, this has ranged from natural indigo dyeing events (including harvesting the indigo and walking kids through the processing of the dye to application on materials), planting, tending, and harvesting plants in the garden, cooking classes, and small workshops based around soil.
In the future, we will expand opportunities for Crossnore youth and our community by offering a broader range of workshops and partnered events. Click HERE to join our Newsletter to learn about each month’s offerings.