Virginia Beach, Virginia 2021-06-10 09:27:00 –
Ed — A print cover story for Sunday, May 23rd.
JANE BLOOD WORTHROWE
Green Run — Residents gathered in an open field near Dahlia Drive last month. There, the vegetable garden of the community will take root.
Garden celebration planting is coordinated by the Green Run Homes Association with the help of the Oceanside Lions Club and Lin Haven River Now, and the food grown here is donated to the local food pantry.
Heidi Daniels, the association’s manager, said this was the first year in the garden. The goal is to bring the community together, improve quality of life and build partnerships with local organizations.
Seeds and plants were donated by associations and other organizations. Volunteers on Saturday, May 15 prepared tomatoes, cucumbers, pumpkins, rutabaga, melons, and some herbs and jalapeno peppers. Some onion bulbs and seeds were also planted, and Linhaven River Now donated raspberry bushes and marigold plants.
Approximately 50 volunteers went to work, and the association’s maintenance staff had already cultivated the vertical floor and prepared for planting.
Some of the volunteers, including Mayor Bobby Dyer, were new to gardening, but he didn’t care about the job because it helped foster relationships with the community as well as vegetables.
“This is something that builds and grows,” Dier said during the event. “And this is how we want the community at Virginia Beach.”
Others, including city council member Michael Berlucchi, who represents the Rose Hall district, are veteran vegetable gardeners. In his own horticulture, Berlucchi said he moved towards native plants in recent years. Berlucchi, a district that includes the Green Run, said the community garden project was rewarding because it was a collaborative effort between neighbors.
“Neighbors are working together. It’s agriculture, sustainability, and what we all love: food,” Berlucki said, planting pumpkin plants in his new garden.
Emma Mirales, 6, said she liked eating tomatoes and enjoyed working with all the plants.
Mirales worked with her great-grandmother Terry Walsh, a 35-year-old resident of Green Run and a horticultural enthusiast. She taught me how to mulch to control moisture and prevent weeds.
“I’m putting out mulches right now,” Mirales said, pulling a handful of mulches out of the container and spreading them around the plant.
Homer Cook, president of the Oceanside Lions Clubs, said the idea of a garden was born when he and Daniels were connected at an event in another area. With a service area that includes Green Run, his club was looking for ways to make it more visible. He was also an experienced gardener and this seemed like a perfect fit.
“If you can grow it, you can get a little food and get the community involved,” Cook said. “Then that’s a good thing.”
Karen Forget, Executive Director of Lynnhaven RiverNow, said he would like to work with the association to create a garden for tree planting and pollen maters and coordinate garbage picking. They are also talking about other projects.
“I’m excited about the partnership,” Forget said.
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