The Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia’s community garden, located at the Eastern Shore branch, is an educational tool and a supplemental, healthy food source for the community. Foodbank staff members and volunteers educate community garden visitors through teach-ins and workshop about health, food and hunger issues.
With the guidance from Foodbank staff, young community volunteers have planted seeds and seedlings in 18 of the garden’s raised beds. The seeds and seedlings included tomatoes, bell peppers, squash, zucchini, peas and beans. Eggplant and melons are scheduled to be planted in the remaining space.
Prior to the Planting Kick-Off, the Virginia Tech Research Center generously donated their time and resources to the Foodbank’s community garden. In addition to donating seeds and seedlings, they conducted soil testing, advised on planting and established an irrigation system.