PVCC Horticulture Club & Community Garden

PVCC Horticulture Club & Community Garden An organic garden available for students and community members to use as a practical learning platform for environmentally sound horticulture.
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Our current project is an organic garden for use as a practical learning platform for environmentally sound horticulture. The founding of an organic vegetable garden encourages more interest for other students, faculty, staff and the community to learn and put in practice environmentally healthy horticulture. The excess food that is produced by our garden will find its way into the local food stre

Our current project is an organic garden for use as a practical learning platform for environmentally sound horticulture. The founding of an organic vegetable garden encourages more interest for other students, faculty, staff and the community to learn and put in practice environmentally healthy horticulture. The excess food that is produced by our garden will find its way into the local food stre

Garden visitors
06/11/2021
Garden visitors

Garden visitors

Girl Scout Troop 3042 in Crozet visited the garden and learned about the benefits of a community garden and sustainability. They and their younger siblings and parents walked around smelling, touch…

04/02/2020

The garden remains open. If you're nearby, we're practicing social distancing and health department guidelines but we're doing our share in this fight by continuing to grow food for those who need it.
Stay safe, friends. And wherever you are, grow a garden.

Spring Update
03/17/2020
Spring Update

Spring Update

Plants grow just fine while we humans struggle with how to deal with the coronavirus. So, while things are a little bumpy right now, I urge you to get your hands in the dirt and get that garden gro…

Enjoy these three new posts from wonderful garden volunteer Lilly Cordover!
12/11/2019
From the Dirt

Enjoy these three new posts from wonderful garden volunteer Lilly Cordover!

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UVA’s Madison House
11/24/2019
UVA’s Madison House

UVA’s Madison House

This past Friday nearly two dozen UVA students sat around a table at the back of a school building and talked about their visions of the future for a community garden. UVA has two community gardens…

Loss of a Fellow Community Garden
11/15/2019
Loss of a Fellow Community Garden

Loss of a Fellow Community Garden

Reporters Emily Hays and Zack Wajsgras have done a nice piece in Charlottesville Tomorrow about the demise of the Friendship Court community garden. I’ll place the link below and I urge you t…

Job Openings at Monticello
06/13/2019
Job Openings at Monticello

Job Openings at Monticello

If you’re interested, information about two local horticulture related jobs follows: The Thomas Jefferson Foundation seeks a groundskeeper to maintain our grounds and landscape to a high hort…

Fences
06/06/2019
Fences

Fences

I’d like to take a moment to express gratefulness to Garrad and Victoria, officers with PVCC’s Horticulture and Environmental Club. They came out to the garden this morning and began a …

Upcoming news
05/01/2019
Upcoming news

Upcoming news

New for May… A beautiful new mural by our wonderful volunteers from Madison House. New garden volunteers starting this month! New mulch that’s so broken down and rich it looks like grea…

UVA’s Big Event comes up HUGE
04/15/2019
UVA’s Big Event comes up HUGE

UVA’s Big Event comes up HUGE

This past Saturday we were grateful for a reprieve from the showers of April because it allowed students from UVA’s Big Event to volunteer in the garden. Seven students showed up and man, the…

Piedmont Virginia Community College
04/09/2019

Piedmont Virginia Community College

Mark your calendars. Festival of Cultures will return on May 11 with a couple new activities lined up, food, exhibits and a welcome from our May commencement speaker Khizr Khan. This free event is organized by TJACE at PVCC. Read more:http://bit.ly/2uW9P8g #pvcc

Piedmont Virginia Community College
03/22/2019

Piedmont Virginia Community College

The work-life balance can be a little hard to juggle so we created a quiet place behind our Main Building next to the patio called The Retreat room. This space is designed to help with relaxation, meditation, introspection and spiritual renewal. Check it out M-F 8 a.m.-9 p.m. #pvcc #piedmontvacc

Piedmont Virginia Community College
03/20/2019

Piedmont Virginia Community College

Looking for a new place to relax, reflect, or meditate on campus? Here at PVCC we created just the place for that. The Retreat Room is now open! Students, faculty & staff can enjoy this safe place M-F 8 a.m.-9 p.m. This room is just behind our Main Building next to the patio.

Plant labels, garden style
02/20/2019
Plant labels, garden style

Plant labels, garden style

Madison House’s Sunday shift came in and made even more rock labels. These beauties are going to grace the grounds of the community garden for many years to come!

Madison House Rocks!
02/18/2019
Madison House Rocks!

Madison House Rocks!

Our Madison House volunteers have returned to the PVCC Community garden for spring semester, coming in one group on Friday 3-5 and another shift on Sunday 2-4. What a lovely group they are, so full…

Lots of action happening in the community garden these days! A few notes: 1. Twenty-five people have signed up to come t...
09/06/2018
September updates

Lots of action happening in the community garden these days! A few notes: 1. Twenty-five people have signed up to come to the community garden for the United Way Day of Caring from 9-12 on Sept. 26th. All PVCC students are also welcome. 2. UVA’s Phi Sigma Pi came out to the garden and worked 3-5 last Friday along with four member of the PVCC club, then UVA’s Project SERVE came out from 10-12 and were joined by one PVCC student and club member. [ 124 more words ]
https://pvcchorticulture.wordpress.com/2018/09/05/september-updates/

Lots of action happening in the community garden these days! A few notes: 1. Twenty-five people have signed up to come to the community garden for the United Way Day of Caring from 9-12 on Sept. 26…

Getting back to the garden today after vacation, I hoed up some potatoes and red onions. That felt great, and I was able...
08/05/2018
Today’s harvest

Getting back to the garden today after vacation, I hoed up some potatoes and red onions. That felt great, and I was able to turn over the soil at the same time, serving both the purpose of weeding and beginning the readying of the bed for fall planting. Got a bunch of cherry tomatoes too, along with some basil and a few squashes that Denise handed over from her plot. [ 82 more words ]
https://pvcchorticulture.wordpress.com/2018/08/05/todays-harvest/

Getting back to the garden today after vacation, I hoed up some potatoes and red onions. That felt great, and I was able to turn over the soil at the same time, serving both the purpose of weeding …

It’s June and here comes Triple C Camp’s Teen Scene!
07/08/2018
It’s June and here comes Triple C Camp’s Teen Scene!

It’s June and here comes Triple C Camp’s Teen Scene!

Last week we were visited by 36 campers aged 12-14 who, as part of their summer experience, visit schools and non-profit locations and provide help with projects. At the community garden these youn…

Just back from visiting the community garden on this incredibly beautiful Sunday. We're having a little trouble getting ...
07/08/2018

Just back from visiting the community garden on this incredibly beautiful Sunday. We're having a little trouble getting the widget to move posts over from the Wordpress site, so I'm posting this one directly. Haven't been to the garden in a while? Come on by, it's looking great! - D.

Summer 2018
05/22/2018
Summer 2018

Summer 2018

We have had an influx of new volunteers to the garden recently and they’re bringing great energy and enthusiasm to the team. Not that our existing volunteers aren’t passionate, it’…

PVCC’s Eco Fair April 11th and two job openings
04/05/2018
PVCC’s Eco Fair April 11th and two job openings

PVCC’s Eco Fair April 11th and two job openings

Two job openings have come to our recent attention. Sharondale Farm, a mushroom farm in Cismont (Keswick) is l looking for more help. The Inn at Little Washington, in Washington, VA is in search of…

Film event – “Hometown Habitat” February 11th
01/03/2018
Film event – “Hometown Habitat” February 11th

Film event – “Hometown Habitat” February 11th

Wildlife habitat isn’t just wide open spaces and dense green forests. Habitat can be created almost anywhere. This free educational event features a screening of Hometown Habitat: Stories of Bringi…

Kohlrabi
07/08/2017
Kohlrabi

Kohlrabi

Henry, This one’s for you! Hope NY is treating you well and you find yourself some soil to grow in. Working in the garden this fine Saturday morning, I watched a blue heron take off and soar. Maybe it was the early heat, but it felt metaphorical.

One Friday, two interns
07/07/2017
One Friday, two interns

One Friday, two interns

The weather is getting hotter, but our two interns are still wearing smiles. Here are Izaiah and Zavion on their second Friday, prepping the next bed for fall crop planting.

Summer gardening interns
07/03/2017
Summer gardening interns

Summer gardening interns

Two new interns through the Community Attention Youth Internship Program (CAYIP) are joining us for six weeks in the garden this summer. They are getting an education about what it takes to keep a garden growing in the warm weather – lots of watering! Plus weeding, harvesting, and general upkeep. La

Manure
04/21/2017
Manure

Manure

Recently we tested a few of our eight raised beds and found that they’re generally in good shape but could use a few amendments. A local farmer was awesome enough to drop us off a load of manure to help improve soil fertility. I don’t know if he’d wish to be named and run the […]

UVA’s The Big Event
04/21/2017
UVA’s The Big Event

UVA’s The Big Event

On Saturday, April 8th. students participating in UVA’s Big Event came to the garden. We had a lot of fun working in the native plant beds and prepping some of the vegetable beds for planting. April is Charlottesville’s most beautiful month and we are looking good with spring planting!

Revving up for Spring
04/03/2017
Revving up for Spring

Revving up for Spring

We’re still weeks away from the last frost date for this region, but things are heating up in the garden. Madison House has begun visiting, the beds are tilled up the asparagus are starting to rise (sounds like fly fishing), and the flats in the hoop house have inhabitants that are getting hopeful.

A 2016 Thank You
01/06/2017
A 2016 Thank You

A 2016 Thank You

Welcome to 2017! While it may be cold outside and the possibility of snow is looming, I’d like to take just a moment to look back at the 2016 year and thank those who volunteered in the community garden. Last year we added the local Salvation Army to those receiving food from us. The other […]

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Check out this brand new garden video! Happy holidays! David