Getting our Hands Dirty across RVA!

Patrick Copeland Learning Garden

After the dust from the beginning of the year hustle has settled, it’s time for our gardens to get our hands dirty at our 18 school gardens across the Richmond region! We are picking the last of the tomato, okra, and other summer garden treats and planting the first carrot seeds to munch on later in the season. With so much growing going on in the garden, there is lots to taste and see and do in our Learning Gardens! We also have a new Garden Programs Coordinator, Sara Artiglia, leading all things garden.

What’s Cooking from the summer- pizza salad! It’s as simple and delicious as it sounds. Try it out for yourself! Print a copy of our recipe out and share it with your family or your teacher. Don’t have any tomatoes growing in your garden? There are still plenty of produce stands and farmer’s markets with LOCAL and DELICIOUS varieties.

Our gardens are growing across the Richmond Region from Hopewell to Henrico, Richmond City to Chesterfield. Come join us to get your hands dirty sowing seeds or sampling something straight from the garden. For more information or to visit a garden, contact Nellie at or Sara at

Big thanks to the Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation, our primary sponsor supporting our Learning Garden Program as well as the Carmax Foundation which supports our 5 after school elementary garden clubs. We are also excited for another great year partnering with NextUp as a program provider. They truly help us get growing!