Growing Solutions: Food insecurity in Buncombe County and the surrounding regions may be on the rise. But a new season brings a renewed effort from local community gardens, who are fighting hunger with food and a sense of belonging. (Carrie Eidson/ Mountain Xpress)

Together we grow: How gardens are raising food and creating community

Feeding America estimates that 100,000 people in Western North Carolina are experiencing food insecurity. Winter heating bills, new restrictions to food stamp eligibility and rising medical costs may be increasing situational poverty.  But if a lack of access to food is a growing problem, some across the region are working on a growing solution. Read more in part two of our series looking at how community gardens are fighting hunger — from the ground up.