RCGA has 4 community gardens located around the city of Roanoke, with a proposed community garden coming soon in Southeast Roanoke. Prospective gardeners must apply for individual garden plots each Spring. You can register for a garden plot here. Find out a little bit about each garden below.
Hurt Park Garden
Hurt Park is one of our more diverse gardens, with immigrants from a variety of countries growing food in on of the 44 plots. The garden includes a composting station and a pavilion that can be utilized for classes. A unique feature of this garden is the small beds located outside the fence to grow food for anyone to pick. Located 1781 Salem Ave.
Campbell Avenue Garden
Located at 824 Campbell Ave SW, this garden is tucked away in a quiet spot next to RAM house. There are 23 raised beds in this garden.
Day Avenue Garden
Day Avenue is located at 508 Day Ave. There are 20 raised beds located in a large park like setting. The site includes several fruit trees.
Mountain View Garden
Another one of our newer gardens, Mountain View is also our most popular garden. Plots fill up fast here! It includes a beautiful pavilion, bees, a lovely old stone wall surrounding two sides, and several handicap accessible raised beds amount t0 66 in the garden. It is located at 740 13th St. SW.
Growing Goodwill Garden (no longer managed by Roanoke Community Garden Association)
Growing Goodwill Community Garden was created in partnership with Goodwill Industries of the Valley and includes the regions first food forest. There are about 36 in ground beds gardened by many immigrants from the neighborhood. Located at the intersection of 24th St. and Salem Ave NW. It has always been one of RCGA’s hopes that once gardens were build they could be turned over to the community. Growing Goodwill Community Garden is now being managed by Goodwill Industries of the Valley. If you are interested in gardening here please contact Goodwill.
In addition to garden plots, RCGA has a number of programs to engage and educate adults and children alike.
Adult and youth education programs comprised of hands on activities, informative lectures led by gardening experts, and basic gardening instruction. Monthly Gardening education classes have topics that range from beginning gardening to more advanced subjects such as growing mushrooms indoors. Classes usually take place on Wednesday evenings. Please check out our events calendar for specific dates.
West End Center youth continue to enjoy using RCGA’s community garden for their summer program, learning all about how things grow and experiencing new foods.
From Garden to Grace cooking classes
Last year RCGA introduced a new layer to the educational programming provided. From Garden to Grace is a once monthly cooking class that focuses on a seasonal vegetable that is being harvested at the time. These classes are taught by a variety of local professional foodies as well as home cooks who just have a passion for cooking. While these are not hands on classes, participants do get to enjoy the fruits of the cook’s labor during the class and taste some very delicious dishes! From Garden to Grace takes place at the LEAP Kitchen once per month, typically on Wednesdays. We do ask participants to RSVP since space is limited but the classes are free. Check our events calendar for specific dates and topics.