VAFMA member Healthy Chesapeake
held a Garden2Table tour in Chesapeake, Virginia during the 2019 Urban Ag Summit. Two dozen urban agriculture enthusiasts toured four community gardens: Chesapeake Correctional Center Garden, Southeastern Cooperative Educational Programs Garden, Great Bridge High School Wildcat Garden, and Southeastern Virginia Training Center.
VAFMA’s Coastal Region Director Calib Miller of Healthy Chesapeake shared the following photos and notes.
Chesapeake Correctional Center Garden: Sheriff Jim O’Sullivan, Major Strathmann, Captain John Morgan, Lieutenant Herbert Griffin, Deputy Simien and Deputy Hatton, Deputy Stahler – food will be donated to low income and homebound seniors.
Southeastern Cooperative Educational Programs: Principal Christian Nierman, instructor and greenhouse manager Carrie Abaka-Williams: cecep- alternative education (youth with behavioral issues or disabilities) raising plants and donating them to Healthy Chesapeake to support various community gardens throughout Chesapeake.
Great Bridge High School ‘Wildcat’ Garden: Christopher Lessick English teacher and National Honor Society students. Produce to be donated to low-income children and seniors.
Southeastern Virginia Training Center: residential community for adults with mental and physical disabilities. They raise plants to support community gardens. Residents volunteer to help maintain community gardens.