At the garden

Welcome to the garden! In addition to the community garden plots there are many other projects and activities ongoing at the garden.

Peek into the Roper Solar Greenhouse where community members and students from the Blacksburg New School grow kale, turnips, spinach and other crops during the winter months. The greenhouse has been specially designed. Learn more about it at

The New River Valley Master Gardening Association has been working diligently on a magnificent pollinator garden. Polly Ashelman, a Master Gardener, has taken the lead on the project, as well as taken this beautiful photo with Asclepias tuberosa, the butterfly weed, in the foreground. Contact the garden if you want to volunteer in the pollinator garden. During the growing season, the volunteers are out several times each week.

Cook some supper on the outdoor cookstove. The stove was built as a capstone project by Virginia Tech Civic Agriculture and Food Systems student Laina Schneider.

Observe around the property a few gardens planted in a wonderful mix of taller fruit trees, underplanted with edible fruit shrubs with a sea of ground cover berries and herbs. You are looking at a food forest . Ours was started by Catherine Bukowski. Check out her website and read her co-authored book on the subject.

Hear the buzz in the two bee yards, also know as apiaries. Richard Reid is our resident beekeeper. His business Happy Hollow Honey is a beekeeping operation producing raw, unheated, and unfiltered honey, as well as nucs and a few queens. Richard is passionate about bees. Read more about his philosophy and check out the great photos at

Read up on the latest garden news at one of our kiosks. The kiosks were built as a capstone project of the Civic Agriculture and Food Systems student Amanda Karstetter. Building + design skills contributed by Richard Reid and members of the VT Corp of Cadets. Check out Amanda’s video of the process. :

Help revitalize our Farm scape project knowing that aside from deliberate plantings on our part, the wild self plantings of goldenrod blooming in the fall and purple dead nettles in the spring are just a few of the plants that help the biodiversity of the garden.

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