RCGA has 5 community gardens located around the city of Roanoke. Prospective gardeners must apply for individual garden plots each Spring. 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
The smallest of all our gardens, Day Avenue is located at 508 Day Ave. There are 10 raised beds located in a large park like setting. The site includes several fruit trees.
Growing Goodwill Garden
One of our newer gardens this 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.
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.
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.
RCGA teaches gardening class to at several head start locations throughout the city during the spring and summer. These class give preschool children the opportunity to learn how things grow and about healthy eating.
Educational talks and workshops
RCGA organizes regular monthly talks and workshops on Thursday evenings, with topics ranging from starting seeds to grown cold crops and everything in between. We also plan weekend workshops through out the season. These are generally free (unless there is a fee for some supplies) and open to the public. Click on our calendar and watch our Facebook page to see what we have planned.