Nurturing the community: Growing food in northwest Roanoke garden

Roanoke Valley News

ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — Herbs, vegetables, and fruit trees can be found in the George Washington Carver Garden at Loudoun Avenue and 6th Street in northwest Roanoke. The community garden provides opportunities for children and adults to learn how to grow their own food.

Many people picked up the hobby of gardening during the coronavirus pandemic, but for others facing layoffs and decreased hours at work, many don’t have enough fresh produce at home.

WFXR News’ Hazelmarie Anderson discussed the importance of communal gardens with Meredith Ledlie Johnson with the Virginia Family Nutrition Program; Rachel Burks, the FCS SNAP Education Agent for the Virginia Cooperative Extension; Rev. Carroll Carter, President of One Valley Inc.; Gene Yagow, Secretary and Garden Committee Chair for One Valley Inc.; Amazetta Anderson, the Carver Garden Volunteer and Marketing Coordinator; Dr. Marylen Harmen, a Carver Garden volunteer and One Valley Inc. Board Member; and Arthur Hill, the Carver Garden Gardening and Maintenance Coordinator.

The Carver Garden is maintained by community volunteers from March through October with the understanding that those who work in the garden can share the produce as it’s harvested.

If you want to register to volunteer at the Carver Garden, call (540)-339-6490.

To find another Roanoke garden or get involved, click here.

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