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Hello Blacksburg Community Gardeners,

It is time for FALL CLEAN-UP. All gardeners need to clean up their plot. Weeds need to be pulled. Cover crops, leaves, or autumn garden should established to conserve your soil and nutrients. Take all trash and plastics home. Create a compost pile in the middle of your plot – you can leave it for your own use or once it has dried and gotten smaller it can be moved to the hedgerow. Gardens that are clean for fall can be renewed next year. Gardens left untended will be passed on to new gardeners.

The gardens remains open to our gardeners. Here are some of the new conditions. Please check your email for future details. 1. If you or any member of your household has a fever or is showing any symptoms of the COVID 19 stay home. We hope you get well soon. 2. A hand sanitizer dispensers are full and attached to the kiosk at the parking lot. 3. Bring your own tools, wheelbarrows, and buckets to the garden and take them home with you at the end of each day. 4. Water is on, please conserve and wash your hands after using the hoses. 5. Take every bit of your trash home with you. Don’t put trash in the compost, don’t leave it in your garden plot and don’t leave it in the shed. 6. Practice safe social distancing – at least 6′ from other people. Safe distancing is important for your children too.

The Wong Park Community Garden Open in Spring of 2020 in the Wong Park off Wilson Street in Blacksburg, Virginia. The garden will have 15 community garden plots with priority given to the Bennett Hill/Progress neighborhood gardeners and then to the larger community.

The Hale Community Garden is a 5 acre of community garden located at the north end of the town of Blacksburg, Virginia. Established in 2009, the garden is a hub of community activity. Our land was donated by Arlean Hale Lambert.

The Hale Community Garden features 70 community garden plots, a solar greenhouse, beehives, food forest project, small apple orchard, asparagus patch, herb garden, and flowers. Gardeners, students, volunteers, and other community residents are always buzzing around. Come out and meet new people, volunteer, share gardening ideas, learn something new or just enjoying being outdoors.

Along with providing space for community members to garden, we host gardening classes, potluck suppers and groups + individuals wanting to participate in growing food. Our aim is to provide a learning and service environment for anyone interested while promoting the growing of healthy food and dynamic community.

Want to garden with us? We are full for 2020. You can add your name to next year’s waiting list by sending us and email.

Contact: blacksburgcommunitygardens@gmail.com

The Hale Community Garden and the Wong Park Community Garden are programs of Live, Work, Eat, Gather, Inc.

The mission of Live, Work, Eat, Gather, Inc. is to cultivate and nourish community through the support of local food and farms, the creation and growth of jobs, the security of a home, and the gathering of friends and neighbors.

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