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Inspiring gardens making differences in their communities

A bountiful harvest is just one of the rewards of gardening! Explore the work of community gardens that are inspiring new growers, promoting healthy eating, and advocating for food equity - not to mention growing tons of produce to share with neighbors.

Shana Williams weeds a garden bed with a community volunteer
Shana Williams weeds a garden bed at the Williams City Farm with a community volunteer. (Image: VPM)

Peggy Singlemann talks to Shana Williams to learn how she transformed a vacant lot in Richmond's northside into the Williams City Farm, where she works with neighborhood youth to teach gardening skills and grow crops to share with the community.

Behind the scenes with Peggy Singlemann and Richard Morris
Behind the scenes with Peggy Singlemann and Richard Morris (Image: VPM)

Peggy meets Richard Morris at the Charlottesville Albemarle Technical Education Center to tour Cultivate Charlottesville's newest growing site and learn about the organization's work to promote food justice and provide healthy food to underserved communities.

Richard Morris uses toothpicks to position a sweet potato in a glass jar filled with water.
Richard Morris uses toothpicks to position a sweet potato in a glass jar filled with water. (Image: VPM)

In the studio Shana demonstrates how to make remedies for common plant problems using materials that can be found in the home. Richard explains how to grow your own sweet potatoes by propagating slips in glass jars.

Randy Battle explains how to turn a bucket into a planter by adding drainage holes and making your own potting mix.
Randy Battle explains how to turn a bucket into a planter by adding drainage holes and making your own potting mix. (Image: VPM)

Amyrose Foll shares tips for reducing pest pressure in your vegetable garden by using polyculture and trap crops. Randy Battle shows how to get started growing vegetables in buckets and offers tips on how you can save money by making your own potting soil.

Sowing Seeds Growing Community
Williams City Farm (Image: VPM)