FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Building Resiliency Gardens For the Richmond Region During COVID-19


March 31, 2020

Contact: Duron Chavis at duron@beautifulrva.org or 804-393-6357
.WHAT: Building Resiliency Gardens For the Richmond Region During COVID-19
WHEN: April 1, 2020
WHERE: Throughout the Richmond Region
COST: Free!

Richmond, VA – BeautifulRVA is pleased to announce the Building Resiliency Gardens for the Richmond Region campaign. As the reality of COVID-19 impacts the Richmond Region; Beautiful RVA is committed to supporting the community in its need for access to healthy food. In light of the need to remain socially distanced, and as a tool for deeper levels of resiliency; the collaborative has begun delivery of raised beds directly to community members homes to help people grow their own food during this increasingly precarious time.

As local businesses furlough and lay-off employees due to massive shifts in the economy; we understand that it will become harder and harder to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables. Not to mention many areas already lacked access to a grocery store. The best way for people to ensure that they have access to high quality food is to grow it themselves. Applicants will receive one 6 x 4 raised bed and soil. With additional philanthropic support we hope to provide seedlings for folks and seeds to assist in their gardening efforts. BeautifulRVA is also providing online resources to assist people in learning how to grow their own food

If community members do not have access to a backyard; we will connect them to local community gardens within their area by way of our Beautiful RVA Map that lists over a dozen community gardens across the city. If there is no community garden nearby, we are committed to working with local churches and municipalities to develop them in close proximity.

• Information for applying for a raised bed can be found at http://beautifulrva.org
• Donations and to support this effort can be made at http://bit.ly/mcdonoughgardens
• Information on community gardens throughout the city /beautiful-rva-map/

The Building Resiliency Gardens for the Richmond Region campaign is being coordinated by BeautifulRVA; a multi-sector collaborative for collective impact of public and private agencies and organizations invested in improving the quality of life in greater Richmond through public horticulture, urban greening, and beautiful place-making initiatives.