Not only is she Roanoke Times’ Fanatical Botanical, she is also a dedicated horticulturist with a degree in horticulture technology from VWCC. She has been in the field for several years, mostly working in nurseries. Heather has a passion for vegetable gardening which has been cultivated since she was a child growing up in the Wabun area of Roanoke County where her father had at least 3 large garden plots going at one time, which she always helped with. To read her blogs and articles for the Roanoke Times, visit roanoke.com/fanaticalbotanical.
Heather’s job at RCGA includes garden registration and management, organizing educational programs, and finding wonderful speakers for our monthly garden series. She also keeps us informed with her expert horticultural knowhow.
Tina Badger, a graduate of Hollins University (BA ’10), has always had a passion and desire to help others – from the smallest animal to humans in need. That passion was nurtured at Hollins and led to a determination to help those in poverty, with a specific focus on food insecurity. Tina served her first AmeriCorps VISTA term at Feeding American Southwest Virginia and served at RCGA until November 2016 when she transitioned to staff. When she’s not at RCGA, she spends her time as caregiver for her 87-year-old mother, reading, watching movies, exploring Virginia with her husband, entertaining her cats (because everyone knows that cats aren’t there to entertain us!) hiking, biking, doing yoga, or going on adventures -preferably involving dinosaurs or dragons – with her 2 grandchildren.
Tina’s job includes but is not limited to fundraising, grant writing, event planning, and social media management.
Intern – Fall 2017
Megan is originally from Baltimore but now calls Roanoke home. She is majoring in Environmental Studies, minoring in Sociology, and concentrating in Peace and Justice Studies at Roanoke College. She is mainly driven by her passion to help all beings on this earth have available, nutritious, and healthy food. Although so simple, many people seem to skip over the iconic statement, “You are what you eat”. She also appreciates the lessons the earth offers when you get down and dirty. She hopes to help educate anyone and everyone on regenerative agriculture as well as how to live with the earth and not just on the earth. She is also a RYT 200 hr certified yoga instructor which has taken her on a journey to provide a space of freedom and acceptance where ever she goes.
Megan’s duties include preparing workshops and educational opportunities for the community. Megan has also been teaching RCGA’s Yoga in the Garden series at Day Avenue Community Garden.
Mark Powell is the founder of Roanoke Community Garden Association. Mark is married to Silva and the father of a beautiful 4-year-old, Emilija. Mark is an avid gardener and saw a need for shared garden space in Roanoke. Mark enjoys working in grassroots organizing and community advocacy and believes building a better world starts by building community in your own backyard. When Mark isn’t helping RCGA or working in the community he thoroughly enjoys collecting books and other treasures.
While Mark no longer has an official title at RCGA he continues to come in and advises Heather and Tina while entertaining them with tales of bargain hunting at estate sales.