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Community Garden Magic

By Kate Medley, January 24, 2011  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Kate Medley
Whole Foods Market at Short Pump (in Glen Allen, Virginia) answered the call in a big way when the Mid-Atlantic Region asked each store to start or adopt a community garden. Last Spring, the store opened the company’s first on-site community garden. Almost an acre in size, the Whole Foods Market Village Community Garden is located in the same development as the store. It serves as an outdoor classroom for area residents and school children with workshops and tours offered free of charge. Produce from the garden will soon be sold in the store and is already used in some prepared foods. The group that operates West Broad Village, Markel|Eagle Partners, LLC, offered the undeveloped land for the project. Team members maintain the garden with the help of a Richmond-based group called Backyard Farmer. The garden features an education area, 14 production beds, a fruit orchard, community rental plots and compost bins.
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L. Miles says ...
I live in Chappaqua in Northern Westchester and I was just told the Dagastino’s Supermarket (411 King Street) in Chappaqua will be closing. I don’t know if this is true or a rumor, but if Dagastino’s is leaving Chappaqua, it would be GREAT and so needed to have a WHOLE FOODS in our town! Would you please look into it??? Thank you.
01/24/2011 9:50:44 PM CST
Angela says ...
Wow! Are there any other stores that are doing this?
01/24/2011 10:11:25 PM CST
Garden Grower says ...
What a wonderful worthwhile project. Thank you for sharing!
01/25/2011 7:24:02 AM CST
Marjorie Stine says ...
I love this idea. Is anything like this happening in North San Diego county?
01/25/2011 10:00:45 AM CST
Erin says ...
We just moved from Richmond. I miss that VA Whole Foods location already!
01/25/2011 3:22:50 PM CST
Cheri says ...
I am the store Team Leader for the store in University Hieghts Ohio, we did our first community garden last year and can't wait to do it again this year! It's a great way to bring a neighborhood together!
01/26/2011 7:33:03 AM CST
heather howard says ...
I am an ISE in Newtonville MA. I love this story! Very inspiring - would enjoy seeing this project grow within our wonderful company to hit all regions.
01/29/2011 2:11:16 PM CST
Tonia says ...
I am a master gardener and we are interested in helping other Grow healthy foods.
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