Community Kitchen Garden
The Community Kitchen Garden is dedicated to growing fresh produce for FeedMore’s Meals on Wheels and Kids Café programs. It was established with a grant from the The Community Foundation, and is sustained with support from Altria, Bank of America, Genworth, Pauley Family Foundation, and Wegmans.
Since 2009, staff and volunteers at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden have harvested and donated over 62,000 pounds of vegetables to FeedMore’s Community Kitchen and supplemented more than 248,000 meals for Central Virginia’s hungry children and homebound seniors. The garden is maintained by a dedicated hardworking group of volunteers including volunteers from HandsOn Greater Richmond and many local organizations and businesses.
The Community Kitchen Garden uses Integrated Pest Management (IPM) and annual crop rotation, and exhibits organic management practices whenever possible. It is a place that showcases a large variety of heirloom vegetable varieties, many from Monticello’s Center for Historic Plants. It has become a great demonstration garden to show our visitors what they can accomplish in their own gardens.
Activities in the CKG provide workforce development, educational experiences, exercise, and a sense of community spirit and involvement. Work sessions double as teaching sessions, and it’s our goal that volunteers leave empowered to do more.
Volunteer in the Garden
Check out volunteer opportunities available for adults and youth.