Grant Money to Help Relocate Community Garden in Charlottesville
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - A new federal grant is helping to keep fresh produce in the hands of people who don't get it that often.
Charlottesville Food Justice Network (CFJN) is on the receiving end of several hundred thousand dollars. The grant comes under the Heading of Expanding Food Access and Equity in Charlottesville.
Part of the $375,000 grant will help locate new land for the community garden at Friendship Court on Garrett Street. The garden's current location will be used as part of a redevelopment of the low-income housing complex.
"This is our last harvest at this particular land. So we're working with the city and community organizations to find other places to grow as a community," CFJN Executive Director Jeanette Abi-Nader said.
This year, CFJN expects to generate about 10,000 pounds of produce on three plots of land in the city. That's enough food to feed 35 families each week.
"For one thing, obviously, these gardens meet the short-term need of hunger, they meet the short-term need for more fresh fruits and vegetables in diets," said Farm and Food Youth Program Director Richard Morris.
In Charlottesville, one-in-six are considered food insecure, meaning they don't know where their next meal is coming from.
The three-year grant comes from the United States Department of Agriculture Community Food Project. The money will also be used increase youth and community participation, increase access points to these fresh foods, and change policy and practices.