RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) – Richmond Mayor Dwight C. Jones is going after blighted, vacant lots.
He’s urging the creation of more community gardens in the city and he’s even asking City Council to pass an ordinance offering neighborhoods and organizations, empty and under-used city property as garden space.
The community garden in the Chimborazo neighborhood opened a few years ago. And this is exactly what the mayor is hoping to bring to more areas of the city. His office has even identified 31 pieces of city-owned land that could be used for growing and planting.
“They make a healthier Richmond, all the way around,” said Lisa Taranto. She helped bring seven community gardens and even farm to urban Richmond.”
Community gardens help teach people about gardening and help to provide food for the less fortunate. They also provide a use for vacant lots and can create a sense of community among the residents.
Is there one near you?