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EDUCATIONAL TOURs - Wednesday, April 24, 2019

TOUR 1: VIRGINIA BEACH

  • Sentara Princess Anne/Virginia Beach Community Garden - 2025 Glenn Mitchell Drive, Virginia Beach, VA

This community garden of 52 raised plots is located on the property of a local hospital. The community is able to garden a plot and collect the harvest or donate excess produce to local community organizations. This project has many community partners including Sentara Princess Anne Hospital, Virginia Beach Community Gardens, Judeo-Christian Outreach Center and Beach Health Clinic.

  • Virginia Beach Farmers Market - 3640 Dam Neck Rd, Virginia Beach, VA 23453

The Virginia Beach Farmers Market is open year-round and features a variety of agriculturally inspired shops and related businesses that offer seasonal, fresh vegetables and fruit, in addition to many other products. The market also has demonstration gardens on site, provided by VCE Master Gardener volunteers, to inspire visitors to grow produce.

  • Nimmo Community Garden - 2200 Princess Anne Rd., Virginia Beach, VA

On the property of a church, this 6000-square-foot community garden grows food to donate to local church food pantries as well as rents 10’x10’ plots to families. Monthly Field to Fork dinners are also held in the growing season to feature the produce.

  • Seatack Elementary School

912 S. Birdneck Rd., Virginia Beach, VA

What started as an ocean-friendly garden has developed into a great urban display of agriculture. This effort is led by a teacher and students in the Achievable Dream Academy.

TOUR 2: NORFOLK

Note: This tour cost an extra $25 to cover the cost of visiting the brewery, payable at the time of event registration.

  • Eggleston Urban Farm tour - 2602 Church Street, Norfolk, VA 23504

Eggleston Urban Farm resides in the heart of south Norfolk on a previously long-vacant urban lot, and serves as a shining example of the numerous positive influences of agriculture in an urban setting. The mission of Eggleston Services is to employ people with a wide range of disabilities, and the Eggleston Urban Farm program allows a number of Eggleston employees’ opportunities throughout a complete food production chain overseen by Farm Manager Margaret Epes. Fruit and vegetables are grown and harvested on the urban farm, they are transported to Eggleston Garden Center for cleaning and packaging, and sold both at the Garden Center and at various markets throughout Norfolk.

  • ECPI Culinary Arts Institute Greenhouse Tour - 2428 Almeda Ave., Norfolk, VA 23462

ECPI’s Culinary Arts Institute is home to Norfolk’s only commercial hydroponic production system. The system is managed in the ECPI greenhouse by award-winning chef and instructor Mark Bedzik, who utilizes the system to grow greens for all of the Culinary Institute’s educational needs. What is left over is distributed to local non-profits throughout Norfolk. In addition to housing the hydroponic system, the greenhouse also contains a networking of raised beds used to produce a number of herbs and vegetables for other institute needs.

  • Back Bay Farmhouse Brewing Company Tour - 1805 Kempsville Rd, Virginia Beach, VA 23464

This one-hour tour will focus on the history of the house and property, as well as the 1.5 acre urban farm and 15 barrel-high gravity brew system. Throughout the tour you will receive three tastings, newly selected each day, in the custom-branded Farmhouse taster glass which you will get to take home with you after the tour.

TOUR 3: CHESAPEAKE

Note: This tour will require light to moderate walking for about one mile.

  • Chesapeake Arboretum - 624 Oak Grove Rd, Chesapeake, VA 23320

Enjoy a short walk on the trails to the Nursery and back to the Homestead. Learn about different volunteer activities including community service projects (Scouts, juvenile services, United Way, military, etc.), educational outreach and partnerships.

  • Chesapeake Women’s Jail - Chesapeake City Jail, 400 Albemarle Dr., Chesapeake, VA 23322

See the new garden site, including greenhouse, raised beds and tool shed. Hear about the Virginia Certified Horticulturist Training program, Master Gardener training schedule and how Healthy Chesapeake is coordinating produce donations and working to provide re-entry of the successful inmates into society after time served.

  • Chesapeake Planetarium - 310 Shea Dr., Chesapeake, VA 23322

Enjoy a short presentation on how gardening, astronomy and science have influenced and continue to captivate children and adults through all of time. See new technology features and a unique way of reaching audiences from all socio-economic backgrounds.

  • Healthy Chesapeake / Chesapeake Farmacy - 667 Kingsborough Square, Suite 102 Chesapeake, VA 23320

    Tour this newly opened site with inaugural Executive Director Jenny Fertig and learn about the organization’s current/future operations, which include a food bank, farmers market, and a food pharmacy with prescriptions for locally grown produce by the Chesapeake HUB and other doctor/clinic partners. 

 

If you are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services or other accommodations to participate in this activity, please contact Mollie Klein (mklein@vsu.edu) or call (804) 524-5960 / TDD (800) 828-1120 during business hours of 8 am. and 5 p.m. to discuss accommodations five days prior to the event.

 
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