After positive results from an initial garden survey to residents in 2019, HRHA began moving forward with a garden program for individuals and families living in Franklin Heights. We followed up with families in summer 2020 and then secured a $5,000 grant through JMU Dining and the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities.
We launched the Kelley Street garden on April 17, 2021 with the investment and support of an incredible array of community partners (below). All beds have been claimed and we held a planting day alongside Central Shenandoah Valley Master Gardeners on May 15, 2021. Master Gardeners have been on site a few times each month through the summer to support residents. We celebrated the garden with residents, community partners, and HRHA staff & board on July 24 during ‘Dinner in the Garden’, sponsored by the JMU Dining Services team. Thanks for joining us!