Edible Blue Ridge — Winter 2011
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“I wasn’t too much a vegetable person,” ShellyWilliams confesses. “But now I’ve been eating alot of greens, raw or sautéed.”Last fall, Williams was the first recipient ofa “garden grant” provided by C’ville Foodscapesand the Quality Community Council (QCC), anorganization known for its garden-related communityoutreach. As a result of this partnership,Williams got a four-by-eight-foot plot of vegetablesin her Charlottesville backyard, as well as acompost bin and rain barrel.“The mission is to teach people to grow theirown garden,” says Wendy Roberman, one ofC’ville Foodscapes’ six co-owners and gardeninggurus. “It’s a mentoring program.”Indeed, Williams says she’s learned a lot, andis looking forward to more planting this spring.“I think it’s a wonderful idea,” she says, “and I’mhoping they will do for other people what they’vedone for me. It has broadened my horizons.”When C’ville Foodscapes started about a yearago, it established itself as a for-profit business,primarily providing gardening help to paying customers.But it’s able to reach people who cannotafford its services through this partnership withthe QCC. More garden grants are in the worksfor this spring.“This is about more than just growing food,”says Roberman. “When a person tends a garden,she reconnects with the earth.” www.cvillefoodscapes.com; www.cvilleqcc.com.
—Angel Sands Gunn