After the TEDXRVA event, the Highland Park community garden took flight. On April 27, 2013 approximately 40 volunteers and members of the Boaz and Ruth construction team tilled the soil for the first time. The group ranged in age from toddlers to seniors. They came with donated tools, seeds, seedlings and a high level of energy and enthusiasm. Several volunteers came as a direct result of the TEDxRVA talk. We are grateful to Tricycle Gardens for their contributions of a variety of seedlings and the McDonough Community Garden, for their technical support and encouragement.
As opposed to” Mary, Mary quite contrary”, our garden grew scallions, tomatoes, potatoes, eggplant, okra, kale, radish, sweet potatoes, lettuce, spinach, basil, green peppers, marigolds and azaleas. The first harvest consisted of radishes, scallions and lettuce, followed by tomatoes, eggplant, okra, potatoes. The sweet potatoes are not quite ready.
We have determined that a community garden in the northside neighborhood of Highland Park is not only possible, but feasible and much needed. We know this because the produce grew abundantly, was harvested and provided fresh produce to Fire House 15 Cafe (a Boaz and Ruth social enterprise) and community residents. It was not uncommon to see people from the community perusing the garden and harvesting its fruit. Now that we have a better handle on it, we look forward to the harvest of 2014 and will begin planting our fall produce soon.
If you are interested in donating seeds, seedlings, compost, supplies or your time, please call 804-329-4900.