Community Kitchen Garden

Jul 23rd, 2015

A Hippopotamus-sized Harvest!

This is turning out to be a very successful season in the the Community Kitchen Garden.  It’s the second week of July, and this week we delivered 518 lbs. of fresh vegetables to Feedmore’s Community Kitchen.  This brings our total for the season to just over 3,000 lbs. To put that into perspective, here are […]

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Jun 27th, 2015

Food for Those in Need

It’s been another hot but productive week in the Community Kitchen Garden.  We hit our first 1,000 lbs. of produce this week with help from a group from Forest City Enterprises on Monday and young volunteers participating in the Youth Volunteer Program, which kicked off this week.  The YVP is a summer program for youth […]

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Jun 22nd, 2015

Helping Hands in the Garden

It’s been a great, but hot, week in the Community Kitchen Garden. This week we took two deliveries to Feedmore’s Community Kitchen for a combined total of 478 lbs. This one week’s deliveries exceeded our year-to-date donations. Welcome summer! Here’s what we delivered: beets: 73 lbs., squash/zucchini: 324 lbs., celery: 38 lbs., kale: 10 lbs., eggplant: […]

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Jun 14th, 2015

Volunteer’s Bountiful Harvest

This week Genworth Financial sent another great group of volunteers to work in the Community Kitchen Garden.  The volunteers helped harvest 159 lbs. of fresh vegetables to take to Feedmore’s Community Kitchen, our largest donation of the season so far.   This donation brings our year-to-date total to 461 lbs. The harvest included spring crops like kale and […]

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Jun 7th, 2015

A Rainbow of Nutrients

Lewis Ginter Botanidal Garden is usually a pretty colorful place, but in the Community Kitchen Garden those colors equate to a wide variety of nutrients! Red vegetables like tomatoes and watermelon are high in lycopene, which helps the body fight off free radicals. Orange fruits and veggies like carrots, sweet potatoes, and winter squash are […]

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May 30th, 2015

Pink Poppies, Oh My!

Being a volunteer at the Garden means you sometimes get the best view of the blooms.  Plus, you have an insider’s perspective on the Garden. When horticulture volunteer Hillary Liddick emailed me earlier this week she was so cute. “My husband got me a way-too-fancy camera for my birthday this month, so I’m trying to put […]

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May 15th, 2015

Celebrating our First Harvest

Last week was an important week in the Community Kitchen Garden: we made our first harvest of the season! On Monday morning I had the pleasure of working with Lewis Ginter volunteer Diane Kerns and HandsOn Greater Richmond volunteer Becky Potter, and we harvested 81 pounds of lettuce and kale. That’s nowhere near the largest […]

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Apr 17th, 2015

Vegetable Gardening Help: Harlequin Bugs

by Laura Schumm, Community Kitchen Garden Horiculturist, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden A recent Tweet from the folks over at Kersey Creek Elementary School in Hanover County got us thinking about Harlequin bugs and how we can help provide suggestions for combating them organically. There are many pesky insects pest that you will most likely run into sooner or […]

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Mar 28th, 2015

Spring is Hopping in the Community Kitchen Garden

by Laura Schumm, Community Kitchen Garden Horticulturist, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Spring is here, and it has  been a very busy week in the Community Kitchen Garden. This past Saturday, a group of student volunteers from Virginia Commonwealth University and several Lewis Ginter volunteers worked cutting back ornamental grasses around the Conservatory, planting early spring vegetables, […]

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Mar 2nd, 2015

Volunteers Get HandsOn in the Community Kitchen Garden

by Hilaire Ashworth, PR & Marketing Intern, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden  Today volunteers from HandsOn Greater Richmond  helped Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden staff prepare for the spring growing season in the Community Kitchen Garden. Since the weather has been too cold to plant anything outside, volunteers assisted with repotting seedlings in the greenhouse. There are approximately 3,000 seedlings already started and […]

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Nov 27th, 2014

Showing Thanks to our Volunteers  & Community Partners

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden  Community Kitchen Garden Horticulturist Laura Schumm just sent the end-of-the-year update on our Community Kitchen Garden benefiting FeedMore. The timing is perfect, because it reminds me of all the wonderful things I am thankful for today on this day of Thanksgiving. Last week six volunteers from the […]

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Nov 16th, 2014

VCU Service Learning Students Find A Love of Gardening & Giving Back

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden  Earlier this fall I ran into three young people just ending their shift at the Community Kitchen Garden.  They were younger than our typical Community Kitchen Garden volunteers and I immediately noticed them because they were all wearing VCU  shirts, my alma mater. Typically, we see […]

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Nov 5th, 2014

Bank of America Foundation Gives Grant to Support Community Kitchen Garden & Edible Display Garden

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, and Scott Hornby, Development Writer, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Thank you to the Bank of America Charitable Foundation for providing Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden with a grant that will help support the Community Kitchen Garden  and a new Edible Display Garden at Lewis Ginter. This year the Community Kitchen Garden has […]

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Oct 28th, 2014

The Fall Harvest Continues in the Community Kitchen Garden

by Laura Schumm, Community Kitchen Garden Horticulturist, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden I’m so happy to be spending my time in the Community Kitchen Garden again. My role is a bit different this time around. I have transitioned from volunteer, to intern and now to horticulturist. In my new role I manage all aspects of the Community […]

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Oct 6th, 2014

Genworth Employees Lend a Hand

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Huge thanks to Genworth employees who harvested 109 lbs. of tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, and butternut squash from the Community Kitchen Garden at Lewis Ginter last week.  These fresh veggies will go to children and seniors in FeedMore’s Kid’s Cafe & Meals on Wheels programs. This […]

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Sep 25th, 2014

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden: Where Culinary Arts & Gardening Intersect

By Nicki, Youth Programs Developer, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Michelle Zhu is a long-time participant in the Youth Volunteer Summer Program, a volunteer opportunity for youth (ages 13-18). Participants in this program work a variety of areas including the Community Kitchen Garden, which harvests food for FeedMore’s Community Kitchen. Michelle participates every summer and comes every […]

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Aug 29th, 2014

Spiders in the Garden

by Brian Vick, Communications Specialist, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden On Saturday we had the good fortune of engaging 27  University of Richmond School of Law students in the Community Kitchen Garden. The timing was perfect, as we are just beginning to transition out of summer mode and into the fall. We plant hundreds of Brassicaceae transplants — broccoli, […]

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Jul 30th, 2014

Veggie Garden Gallery

by Brian Vick, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden The Lewis Ginter Community Kitchen Garden is nearing the summer peak, and we thought you would enjoy seeing some examples of what we’re growing this year. Current yield: 2,100 lbs. (supporting 8,400 meals for FeedMore). And we couldn’t have done it without the nearly 300 volunteers […]

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Jun 17th, 2014

Lettuce Celebrate

Text & photos by Brian Vick, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden   Earlier this week we harvested the last of the spring lettuce cropo in the Lewis Ginter Community Kitchen Garden. We have cause to celebrate on several fronts: a) Our lettuce was beautiful, and tasted great. b) Even with so many days with temps […]

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Jun 15th, 2014

Capital One Invests Sweat Equity in the CKG

Text & photos by Brian Vick, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden In May the Lewis Ginter Community Kitchen Garden (CKG) received a significant investment of sweat equity from two separate teams of Capital One associates. On their first trip Capital One associates mulched pathways, prepped beds and planted peppers. Quite a few of these volunteers […]

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Jun 7th, 2014

Dirt? NOPE! It's Just Compost

by Jonah Holland , PR and Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Photos by Brian Vick, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator We love recycling at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. We also love partnering with like-minded organizations. That’s why Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is proud to partner with the MeadWestvaco Foundation,  supporting sponsor of  Butterflies LIVE!  and also our composting partner.   The […]

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May 15th, 2014

Blue Sky Fund… Nothing but Blue Skies

Text & photos by Brian Vick, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden The Blue Sky Fund organization exists to get inner-city kids out into the great outdoors for various types of experiential education. The organization’s core values include “Discovery through learning about nature, spirit, and self, Unity through working together with our team, neighbors, and diverse communities, Respect by […]

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May 4th, 2014

Banking on the Community Kitchen Garden

Text & photos by Brian Vick, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Thirty (30!) Bank of America volunteers worked in the Community Kitchen Garden on April 16. For the second year in a row the group was organized by Barrett Taylor, General Manager of the Short Pump Banking Center. (Barrett is the lovely wife of […]

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Apr 19th, 2014

Riding the Weather Roller Coaster

Text & photos by Brian Vick, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden We started our formal schedule of Saturday and Monday morning volunteer sessions in the Community Kitchen Garden on April 12, and we’ve had a wild ride on the Central Virginia weather roller coaster (snow, heat, then frost). At this point we’ve planted red […]

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