Urban Agriculture takes Root in Richmond VA Happily Natural Day Founder Launches Community Garden

For the past decade Happily Natural  Day has been dedicated to cultivating the community in promotion of holistic health and wellness, cultural identity and social change. In 2012, we embarked on the next leg of our journey in service to our community via the launch of McDonough Community Garden.

After working in partnership with Salim Farms at the Richmond Noir Market for the past 4 years, we came to the realization that we as people living in urban communities throughout the country have to take start regaining control over our food system, particularly if we want to be sovereign over our food supply. Our conversations around health and wellness are moot points if we do not have the capacity to determine how our food is produced. Many of us live in food deserts, or places with limited access to fresh fruits and vegetables. Many of us have become disconnected to the earth due the mass migrations of our forefathers from rural America to urban cities. Our work at McDonough Community Garden is a step toward reclamation and we are happy to have you walk with us.

1. Help Raise $3500 for McDonough Community Garden: Your contribution will fund the 2013 development of McDonough Community Garden allowing us to install 15 more raised beds, water pumps and further enhance the landscape with native Virginia plants. Our goal is to have the site’s infrastructure totally complete by the June of 2013. We are looking for 300 individuals to donate 10.00 through our crowd funding campaign via WEPAY. We know that you will help us, because you care about our community and you want to see us grow: http://mcdonoughgarden.com/donations/

2. Urban Agriculture Learning Series : Would you like to have a vegetable garden this year but just have no experience in gardening? We can hook you up! 6 free classes. The best and brightest urban agriculturalists have volunteered to share their experience and skills! Every Sat. at Branch’s Baptist 3400 Broad Rock Blvd RVA from 11 – 12:30pm till March 23rd. Check out our website Urban Agriculture Learning Series post and spread the word. Also the classes will be uploaded to the web for you to view each week.

3. McDonough Garden Plot Registration: McDonough Community Garden plots are available this year, located 2 blocks from Forest Hill Park at 3300 McDonough Street off of Forest Hill Avenue in Richmond Virginia. Registrations are open while plots last. Check out Garden Registration on http://mcdonoughgarden.com

Thank you!!
Duron Chavis
Founder of Happily Natural Day


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