Urban Gardens, Meet Your Maker, Thanks to Virginia State University
Urban gardens are increasing in popularity and for good reason: the neighborhood gardens increase access to fresh local produce, especially among low-income residents, and benefit the community with reduced crime and education and job opportunities. But local organizations who hope to create urban gardens contribute many of their own resources to manage the new garden, usually without much farm experience.
Virginia State University is now offering a 10-week certificate program in urban agriculture to help train new urban agriculture professionals. The program covers not only gardening courses but also city and environmental policy and business principles to help prepare individuals to start and maintain successful urban gardens.
Did you know urban gardens help decrease “food deserts,” areas with little access to fresh fruit and veggies? Read more here.