EmpTea Bowls


Our 9th annual EmpTea Bowls was a great success and we raised more than our goal so that we can continue growing healthy food and supporting our internship and educational programs. We thank all of our volunteers and donors. We look forward to our next years 10th Anniversary to be announced.

Empty Bowls is an international fundraising model. If it is new to you, you are in for a treat! Local potters donate handmade tea bowls for the event. You will get to choose a bowl, enjoy drinking tea from it, and then take it home as a reminder of folks whose bowls are often empty. Taking part becomes your opportunity to keep our community’s bowls filled.

Providing food for hundreds of local families, the Dr. John Wilson Community garden is a vital resource for reducing food insecurity in the Swannanoa Valley. Each year, a community of over a hundred local residents and hundreds of volunteers comes together to grow fresh produce that is distributed to families in need through Bounty and Soul. The garden relies heavily on the work of its seasonal interns to assist in the growing process and to educate the public on sustainable growing techniques.

The annual EmpTea Bowls fundraiser is an outstanding opportunity to learn about the purpose and benefits of the Dr. John Wilson Community Garden. Proceeds from EmpTea Bowls funds the Community Garden internship program as well as educational special events.  This event is also one of the best ways to support the community garden and keep it thriving for years to come.  This year’s goal is to raise $12,000 through ticket sales, donations and the silent auction.

The Dr. John Wilson Community Garden is a program of Black Mountain Recreation and Parks.  EmpTea Bowls is organized by Black Mountain Recreation and Parks, and the Friends of the Community Garden under the auspices of the Black Mountain Parks and Greenways Foundation, a 501(c)(3).

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