Hospitality House Garden
The Hospitality House Garden is located on the shelter’s campus, tucked away behind the Hunger & Health Coalition. Through the funding of Heifer and Blue Ridge Seeds of Change, the garden was implemented in 2011. The garden increases access to fresh, organic produce as well as educational opportunities for residents of Hospitality House. Donations and volunteer assistance keep the garden growing.
About the Garden
The garden is comprised of 28 raised beds and two hoop houses. Although the garden produces lots of fresh food to be served to the community, the main purpose of the space is to educate and engage local community members and Hospitality House residents. The garden aims to increase awareness about agriculture and food security, while providing a safe place for community members to learn together. Recently, the garden has been a hub for various activities and workshops for children. The Summer Feeding Program, which offers free meals as well as cooking lessons, crafts, and activities to children, connects kids with the garden through various workshops. Additionally, Kid’s Summer Gardening Workshops get children in the dirt once a week. Children are learning the basics of watering, composting, harvesting, and planting through various exercises in the gardens.
There is a wide variety growing in the garden to help make nutritious and delicious meals in the Bread of Life Kitchen. Here's a peek at what can be found growing in the raised beds and hoop houses.
Kale (3 varieties)
Herbs & Spices
And lots of pretty flowers!