Healthy Chesapeake has partnered with The Virginia Cooperative Extension to bring community gardens and healthy eating & cooking workshops to low income Chesapeake residents and seniors. This project will give our local seniors and families an opportunity to grow their own food, and teach them how to prepare the food they’ve harvested.
- Create community food gardens, including therapeutic and container gardens, allowing people of all ages and with all physical abilities to plant, grow and harvest their own food. The first two gardens are located at Broadlawn Public Housing and Cambridge Square, with the most recent addition, a production garden, located at Messiah United Methodist Church which will help supply the House of Blessings Food Pantry.
- A Mobile Cooking Lab providing fresh, healthy nutrition and cooking programs to seniors, youth, and families throughout Chesapeake. Our first cooking school for seniors was just held at Cambridge Square, with several more schools to follow.
- All summer, a Mobile Farmers Market from Five Points visited The Dr. Clarence Cuffee Community Center in the heart of historic South Norfolk, serving food desert and senior areas. The market also accepts SNAP and EBT benefit cards
Estimated Ongoing Project Budget Needed: $35,000
HOW TO HELP:
Healthy Chesapeake is grateful for the support from our community for donations through Give 757 and various grant programs. Every little bit helps make a Healthy Chesapeake. Make A Donation
Your donation will help with the purchase of:
- Building Materials
- Vouchers for seniors to buy fresh produce
- Gardening Supplies
- Garden Supervisor
- Induction Burners
Virginia Cooperative Extension programs and employment are open to all, regardless of age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, veteran status, or any other basis protected by law. An equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Issued in furtherance of Cooperative Extension work, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Virginia State University, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture cooperating. Edwin J. Jones, Director, Virginia Cooperative Extension, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg; M. Ray McKinnie, Interim Administrator, 1890 Extension Program, Virginia State University, Petersburg.