West Virginia State University Celebrates 13th Anniversary of its Charleston Community Garden

In *All, Youth, Family, & Communities by Ag is America

On the east end of Charleston, West Virginia, fresh produce used to be hard to find. There are no supermarkets within walking distance, causing residents to constantly struggle to find and afford quality food. This especially became a challenge for the residents of Carroll Terrace, an inner-city housing complex for the elderly and disabled.

This year, West Virginia State University’s Carroll Terrace Community Garden is celebrating its 13th anniversary of feeding the complex. This garden is fully managed by the residents of Carroll Terrace, allowing them to eat better, save money, and build something together.

“So many of these residents are elderly or in poor health with minimal income,” said Debbie Knox, a Carroll Terrace resident and the garden’s on-site manager. “I’ve heard over and over that, thanks to being able to grow their own vegetables, they don’t have to choose between eating healthy and buying their medicine.”

The garden provides residents with fresh fruits and vegetables including tomatoes, green beans, carrots, strawberries, and more. It also has four community plots, container gardens, an herb garden, benches, and décor for residents to relax and enjoy the project they’ve worked so hard on.

“In the beginning, we at WVSU were very hands-on with garden management and education to the residents,” said WVSU Extension Agent Brad Cochran. “Now we’re there at the start of the season or preparation and planting, and remain a voice for technical assistance throughout the season, but garden management is left entirely in the hands of our resident gardeners.”

For more information on WVSU’s outreach in the community, read more here.

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