Community Garden Magic
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.