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

Archived Webinar #5

Our latest Virginia Community Gardening webinar is now available.

This is the 5th webinar in our series.  We were joined by Dave Close from Virginia Tech and Virginia Cooperative Extension to talk more about his role as Consumer Horticulture Specialist and the lead of the Virginia Master Gardener Program.  We discussed the Annual Master Gardener College held on the VT Campus in June of each year.  We are looking forward to holding a Virginia Community Gardening Network session at this year’s MG College.

Click Here to view the webinar

The recording started a little early, so scroll to the 5:40 minute mark for the opening of the conversation.

Our next webinar in the series will be held on Tuesday, June 26th at 9am.

Best,
Kelli, Meredith, and VA Community Garden Network Team.

Archived Webinar #4

Did you miss our most recent webinar discussion?  We had an informative and extremely fun conversation with Laura Reilly from the Town of Salem and the Salem Fresh Ideas Garden.

Take a relisten at your convenience at the link below.

Webinar #4 

Learn more about the Salem Fresh Ideas Garden at their FACEBOOK PAGE.

Make sure to mark your calendar for our next webinar.  They are held on the 4th Tuesday of each month at 9am.

Sprout the Network!

Join us as we sprout the Virginia Community Garden Network!

We are offering Webinars to share online conversations & learning opportunities held on the 4th Tuesday of each month at 9am.

Our schedule for the next few months: 

  • May 22nd
  • June 26th
  • July 24th
  • Aug 28th

The connection info will be posted via the listserv.  Looking to Join?

JOIN US  by going to  https://groups.google.com/d/forum/va-community-garden-network

If you can’t join us LIVE, check out the Webinars tab above to connect to our archived recordings.

Webinar #3: Shared Resource Folder – Tool-Kits, Produce Safety in the Garden, and Herbicide Injury

In case you missed our last webinar, here are the topics we discussed (click on the links below to view each PDF).  We hold monthly webinars on the last Tuesday of each month at 9am.   If you would like more info, Please join our listserv.

Virginia Community Garden Network Shared Resources Folder

Sub-folders:

If you would like to view the recording, you can do so here: Play recording

We are excited to introduce our new Virginia Community Garden Network Website (this page) which can be found here: http://blogs.ext.vt.edu/virginia-community-garden-network/

This is where we will post resources and past webinars. Feel free to post a question or comment and share with your fellow gardeners!

In the next webinar, we will be learning more about the Salem Fresh Ideas donation garden. We look forward to seeing you there!

Thank you,   The VACGN Team

Contact Us ~ Who are your VA Community Garden Network Leaders?

WHO IS LEADING THIS EFFORT?  – WHO ARE YOU HEARING FROM ON THE WEBINAR SERIES? 

WANT TO GET TO KNOW US BETTER?

 

Meredith Ledlie Johnson

Family Nutrition Program

Policy, Systems and Environmental Change Programming Coordinator

meredil@vt.edu

540-231-1704

 

Kelli H. Scott

Virginia Cooperative Extension

Montgomery County Agriculture & Natural Resources

kescott1@vt.edu

540-382-5790

 

Support Staff = Duncan, Angela

 

  • Please suggest ideas for future monthly webinars
  • We would love to start highlighting specific gardens and hear directly from you!
  • Are there any specific resources community gardens need right away?