Our community garden program provides space for community members to garden. It also hosts gardening classes, potluck suppers, and hands-on volunteer and educational opportunities. We are excited to have a learning and service environment for anyone interested while promoting the growth of healthy food and a dynamic community.
We currently have three community garden sites in the Town of Blacksburg with deer fencing, water access, and gardening guidance. Households and individuals rent garden space on an annual basis.
The Hale Community Garden is a 5-acre community garden with 70 community garden plots. Established in 2009, the garden is a hub of community activity. Our land was donated by Arlean Hale Lambert. Also on site are the Roper Solar Greenhouse, beehives, food forest project, small apple orchard, asparagus patch, herb garden, and pollinator garden.
The Wong Park Community Garden opened in Spring of 2020 in the Wong Park off Wilson Street. The garden has 15 community garden plots with priority given to the Bennett Hill/Progress neighborhood gardeners and then to the larger community.
The Garrison Garden at Cedar Hill Park opening in Spring of 2021. The Garrison Garden is named for Susan Garrison who twenty five years ago developed Cedar Hill Park with Dean Crane for the residents of the town. The Garrison Garden is modeled on the Wong Park Garden with 15 community plots serving the neighborhood.
GARDEN PROGRAM HISTORY
The gardens opened in 2010 (Greenhouse in 2009) and were operated as a YMCA program. In 2019, the Hale Community Garden reorganized in an effort to sustain itself long term. In July 2019, Arlean Hale Lambert donated the 5 acre site for community use to the Town of Blacksburg with easements placed on the property to conserve it as gardens/open space in perpetuity. An endowment fund for the future of the garden is housed at the Community Foundation of the New River Valley. The local non-profit Live, Work, Eat, Grow, Inc. is the managing organization offering community expertise and a vision for the future.