LEAP growing into community gardens

Jan 17, 2020 by

Big news regarding Roanoke’s Community Gardens
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Community gardens are essential components in our local food system–they improve household food security and access to fresh produce, create community and education space, make food production visible, and build a strong foundation for food growers!

As you may have heard, the Roanoke Community Garden Association (RCGA) Board voted in late December to dissolve the non-profit organization. In order to continue RCGA’s important community-based work (started in 2008), the LEAP Board voted to include RCGA activities as part of LEAP’s suite of programs. LEAP is working closely with the RCGA Board and staff to ensure a smooth transition. LEAP is excited to incorporate community gardens into our work to nurture healthy communities and resilient local food systems. 
 
The non-profit model helps meet key needs of the community; however, non-profit organizations are also dependent on community support. We know that it was not  an easy for RCGA to decide to dissolve. LEAP is fortunate to be able to provide stability for the community garden programs moving forward. LEAP is committed to maintaining the continuity of community gardens in 2020 so that there is no break in services. The gardens will be open to gardeners in 2020; information about sign-up will be sent out in late February. Additional programming at the gardens will be minimal in 2020. We will plan for a more robust year in 2021.
 
Due to the short lead time for these decisions, LEAP was not able to plan or budget for the costs necessary to transition or operate community gardens this year. We are directly asking for financial support during this transition year to help LEAP provide continuous operation of and to plan for the long-term sustainability of community gardens in Roanoke. You can donate online, mail a check, or swing by LEAP’s new office (Villa Heights, 2750 Hoover St., Roanoke). 

Anna Copplestone with RCGA will be working with LEAP during the transition, you can contact her directly at Anna@roanokecommunitygarden.org. If you have any questions or concerns about the 2020 community garden operations, programming, volunteering, funding, etc., please contact Sam Lev at gardens@leapforlocalfood.org
 
Thanks for your support,
Maureen McNamara Best




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