Community Builds Garden to Help Local Families

Contact Information:

Harrisonburg Community Garden


Food Bank:

Emmanuel Episcopal Church

660 South Main Street, Harrisonburg Va 22801

HARRISONBURG, Va.-- Local families in Harrisonburg come together to plant in the community garden.

More than one hundred people from the community are involved in making this project possible.There are more than 50 plots of land, and this year, there is a plot specifically for share cropping.

The goal is for the community to come together and help grow these plants together. All of the vegetation grown is then sent to area food banks.

Leaders with the garden said they have many goals with this project. First, to promote healthy eating and connect people to the food they're eating.

Also, they said this garden helps families on a tight budget.

The local food bank at Emmanuel Episcopal Church said they serve more than 2,000 people a year. This year, that number has increased by more than 200 people.

Judy Coffman and Alice Ensley are two volunteers at the food bank. They said, this food goes a long way.

"It means that people that can't afford or maybe have never had fresh vegetables in their life are going to have it," said Ensley.

"There is nothing like being able to have a good meal for people who may not have eaten in a few days. For them to be able to come find fresh food and produce," said Coffman. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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