Community Gardens

Community Gardens & COVID-19

Gardens are open for the 2020 growing season! The schedule for reservations and opening dates is unchanged. Registration period is closed and all plots are full; contact us directly if you’d like to be put on the waiting list. Scholarships available.

Covid-19 Community Garden protocols,  implemented until further notice:

  • Don’t come to the gardens if you’re feeling sick, or suspect you may have been exposed to the virus. 
  • Please only work in your own garden plot, and respect the other spaces – don’t touch other plots. 
  • When you do begin gardening, please maintain all recommended actions by the CDC and local health officials to limit exposure, including social distancing. If the gardens are too crowded to maintain social distance at your plot and the community spaces, please come back another time
  • Gardens are closed to public visitors for the time being.
  • All gardeners must wear gloves when using equipment from the shed.
  • Please spray down the handles of each tool you use as well as any door knobs or other surfaces you touch. Sanitizer solution will be placed in each garden shed.
  • There will be no volunteer groups or volunteer days at this time. If you’d like to volunteer on an individual basis, contact us directly for a task list. 
  • All public and educational events have been suspended
  • If you need seeds, contact us directly. We plan to make boxes of seed packs that gardeners will be able access on their own at each garden. We’ll also provide sanitizer spray or wipes on site to wipe down seed box lids, etc.

As of 2020, LEAP (Local Environmental Agriculture Project) has taken over management of the gardens as Roanoke Community Garden Association (RCGA), sadly, has dissolved. We’re excited to get our hands dirty and help the gardens flourish! Read on for more information, and don’t hesitate to email gardens@leapforlocalfood.org if you have any questions.

Registration is closed for 2020, and all plots are spoken for; contact us directly if you’d like to be put on the waiting list. Plots at all gardens are $30 each for the entire growing season. If $30 is beyond your budget, scholarships are available; contact us directly and we’ll gladly work with you.

LEAP is offering garden plots at the same 4 gardens in Roanoke City that were available last year (click here to learn more about each garden). You will be asked in the registration to list your preferred garden. Plots will be assigned in the order for which they were registered, with the exception of those who held plots in 2019. If you gardened in 2019, you get priority on your same plot. If you want to reserve your same plot, the deadline to register was March 15. The rest of the plots have been assigned, and the gardens officially opened April 15. Please note that space is limited at the gardens. Your first choice may not be available, depending on demand. If this is the case, you will have the opportunity to choose another location.

We’ve left an open space in the registration for comments. If you have any feedback or comments, or have a special circumstance, please let us know in the comments section of your registration. 

Thanks for your patience as LEAP takes on this new and exciting responsibility with our community. Our goal, in 2020, will be to offer vibrant garden space in much the same way as previous years. The policies and opportunities will be similar to previous years, and we’ll release more information as it becomes available. Please don’t hesitate to reach out with questions or thoughts to gardens@leapforlocalfood.org or 540-632-1360.