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).
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)
- Created by the Council on Bridging the Nutritional Divide
- Virginia Food Access Network (VFAN) launched May 2017
–Provide data clearinghouse
–Connect food system
–Share best practices/resources
We have many wonderful production related resources at Virginia Cooperative Extension.
Visit http://pubs.ext.vt.edu/ to access the Publications & Educational Resources Page.
See the link below to find some common garden related publications.
VCE Publication Links_Half Sheets
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.
Read this great article from Clemson Extension,
“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.
So if you’re trying to build the bonds of community, where better to start than a garden?”
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.
Kelli, Meredith, and VA Community Garden Network Team.
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.
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.
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.