The danger of frost has passed, soil temperatures have warmed and the growing season is underway! After breaking ground earlier this spring, the new Wong Park Community Garden is already at full capacity, with 14 plots under cultivation. The garden is located in the southwest corner of Wong Park in downtown Blacksburg and gardeners are primarily residents of the surrounding neighborhood. At the onset of the season, gardeners received soil test results, composted leaves for soil amendments and wood chips for paths. Once it is safe to resume group activities, there are plans to have shared meals and educational opportunities at the garden.
Meanwhile on the north end of town, 65 families and individuals continue working at the Hale Community Garden. New social distancing and sanitizing precautions have been put in place to ensure the safety of all gardeners. This includes having gardeners bring their own tools.
Both the Hale and the Wong Park Community Gardens are a partnership between Live Work Eat Gather Inc. and the Town of Blacksburg. Community gardens provide a place to grow an abundance of food. Additionally community gardens make positive environmental, economic, and nutritional impact on daily lives – transforming lawn into gardens, fields into food, neighborhoods into communities.