May 2020 Recording

Hello gardeners!

I hope all this rain hasn’t messed up too many of your plans. This month we had presenters representing 2 great programs working to increase food security during COVID-19 with container gardening and mail gardening programs.

Presenters:

Kristin McCartney, West Virginia SNAP-Ed

Jennifer Palmer, Live Healthy Rockbridge and Rebecca Wilder, FCS SNAP-Ed Agent

Click here for recording of presentations

Save the date for June 23rd at 9 AM EST, when we will have James Wilson from Virginia Cooperative Extension come talk about bees in community gardens.

April 2020 Webinar Recording

Hello Gardeners!

We had a great turn out for our April 2020 webinar, a big thank you to our presenters Kathleen Reed and Mike Andruczyk.

Click here for the link to the recording

I also posted the slides here in the google drive.

And finally, here is the link to the COVID-19 resources we discussed.

Thanks again! It was great to see all of you. See you at our next webinar on May 26, 9:00AM EST to discuss “Garden to Go” container garden programs. Join the list serve to stay in touch!

Meredith

Welcome to 2020!

Hello gardeners! Welcome back. We are very happy to get back to work providing you with resources and networking opportunities. Gardening is more important than ever and we are here to provide you with what you need to help feed our communities.

As a reminder our monthly webinars are the fourth Tuesday of every month, April through November, at 9:00AM. They are recorded and will be posted here.

Our first webinar will be April 28th at 9:00AM. Presenters include Kathleen Reed, Extension State Master Gardener Coordinator who will be speaking on COVID-19 safety protocols, and Michael Andruczyk, Extension Agent who will be sharing a resource guide he created for maintaining garden records.

Join the webinar via Zoom:
https://virginiatech.zoom.us/
j/97559535657

Don’t forget our resource library, where we have a new COVID-19 resource folder. Finally, I also want to point you to VCE’s exciting new vegetable gardening page, which pulls together all of their expertise in one place!

See you soon!


Building a Community thorugh Gardening – ROA Community Garden Association

https://www.wdbj7.com/content/news/Building-a-community-through-gardening–509406521.html

Article from WDBJ7 (Roanoke-CBS) on the Roanoke Community Garden Association

Anna Copplestone, director of the ROA Community Garden Association, joined us in May for our community conversation disussing the 4 community gardens across the city and the connection with Carilion Health.

Click here to access the May Community Conversation (webinar).  

 

 

Nutrition and Food Security – Governor’s Childern Cabinet

For our June Communtiy Conversation, we spoke with Heidi Hertz, the Assistant Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry for the Office of Governor Ralph S. Northam.  She spoke to us about the Governor’s Children’s Cabinet, Virginia Blueprint to End Hunger, Urban Agricutlure, and FeedVA programs across the Commonwealth of VA.

Click here to access the full Powerpoint Presentation from the conversation 

Click here to access the full video and audio (PPT included)

Governor’s Children’s Cabinet

  • Governor Northam issued Executive Order No. 11 reestablishing the Children’s Cabinet June 21, 2018.
  • Priorities are early childhood development and school readiness, nutrition and food security, systems of care and safety for school-aged youth.
  • Children’s Cabinet will work to develop goals, identify strategies, and measure impact and outcomes.

Blueprint to End Hunger

Outline action steps and policy recommendations for achieving childhood food security.

  • Shared vision for food access equity in Virginia, quantifiable goals, scope of the problem, and policy recommendations to bringing together solutions and strategies in healthcare, agriculture, and education.
  • The report would align priorities and provide a roadmap for action, implementation, and evaluation over the next 3 years.

Urban Agriculture – Creating an Urban Agriculture Census

–Research urban agriculture nationwide and in Virginia

–Compile a directory of urban agriculture locations and organizations

–Review datasets pertaining to school and community gardening and overlap/gaps

–Conduct a scan of how other states support urban agriculture (legislation, funding, etc)

FeedVA 

  • Created by the Council on Bridging the Nutritional Divide
  • Virginia Food Access Network (VFAN) launched May 2017
  • Goals:

–Provide data clearinghouse

–Connect food system

–Share best practices/resources

 

 

Welcome to 2019 ~ Join Us For Our Monthly Conversations

We are excited to continue to  engage with you around Community & School Gardens across the Commonwealth. 

We will host a monthly Zoom conversation (webinar) on the 4th Tuesday of the Month at 9am.  Stay posted to our Listserv @ https://groups.google.com/d/forum/va-community-garden-network for links to join the conversation.

  • Listserv    – Please “Apply for Membership.  We will add you to the list.  
  • Google folder for sharing resources on different topics facing community gardens  
  • VA Community & School Garden Directory & Map                                                                               
  • VCGN Calendar of Related Events                                                                                                            

Fresh veggies bring people together

Read this great article from Clemson Extension,

Fresh veggies bring people together at Synergy Garden in Fountain Inn

“If you want to bring people together, one thing unites us all. No matter the language we speak or country we come from. Regardless of race, ethnicity, color or creed.

Everybody eats.

So if you’re trying to build the bonds of community, where better to start than a garden?”

 

 

Archived Webinar #7

For July, we took our community gardening conversation south of the boarder with a chat with Diana Schmitt McCall from the Town of Black Mountain, North Carolina.  Diana works for Black Mountain Parks & Rec as the director of the Dr. John Wilson Community Garden.  It was a very dynamic and interesting conversation!   We are in admiration of what this community garden has accomplished over the last decade.  Learn more below.

View/Listen to our conversation here

Click here to learn more about the Dr. John Wilson Community Garden 

Click here to learn more about Gardens that Give Network

Click here to learn more about North Carolina Community Garden Partners 

 

Archived Webinar #6

For our June webinar conversation, we were joined by Maureen McGongale, from the New River Valley Health District and the Farmacy Garden.

Listen to our full conversation here

Learn more about the Farmacy Garden via the Facebook Page