Help us Build a Garden!

After positive results from an initial garden survey to residents in 2019, HRHA began moving forward with two community garden projects for individuals and families living in Franklin Heights. Follow up surveys were completed in Summer 2020 along with a $5,000 grant through JMU Dining and the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities.

This Spring (2021) we plan to launch the Kelley St Garden, with 11 raised beds for Harrison Heights residents.

Live in Harrison Heights? Sign up for a garden box here!


Interested in supporting the Kelley Street Garden?

  1. Volunteer your time! We are looking for garden educators, box builders, fence layers, and more! We will add you to our volunteer list and let you know about upcoming opportunities to help out.
  2. Support us financially! We will be purchasing materials for garden beds, tools to work the soil, and materials for residents like cookbooks. Your donation helps make the garden a reality this year.
  3. Spread the word! Let your friends, families, faith communities, and organizations know about our goal. A community garden takes a community investment.

HRHA’s Executive Director Michael Wong and Maintenance Manager Duane meet on a cold February afternoon with members of the Central Shenandoah Valley Master Gardeners to discuss garden ideas. The Master Gardeners will be providing regulars opportunities and workshops for our residents through the 2021 growing season.
February 2021

This garden has been made possible through the incredible support from a diverse array of community organizations and individuals. We are incredibly grateful!

We are honored to take on the responsibility of constructing raised beds for HRHA’s Kelley Street garden. Supporting our local community in any effort to increase fresh food access is our deepest pleasure. We are so excited to see this project happen!

We are excited to bring hands on learning experiences to the garden site, sharing information on topics like soil testing, composting, vegetables and flowers that grow well in our area and of course pest management. Mostly however, we want to be available on a regular basis to provide information and answer questions that residents have about their gardening experience.

Through Aramark Building Communities and Alliance for Strong Families and Communities, JMU Dining was able to provide financial assistance with this incredible project. Fresh food is a crucial piece of everyone’s diet and we were glad to aid in a project that provides families with direct access. We are extremely eager to see the outcome!

Black Bear Composting is excited to contribute finished compost to the garden. It’s part of the circular economy in Harrisonburg where local residents and restaurants capture their food scraps for composting, which then gets returned to the community to grow more food. Gardening builds community.

The Kelley Street garden will contain 11 raised beds in a fenced area. The Garden is located on Kelley St across from Lincoln circle and will be jointly managed by HRHA and residents.

Help us transform this grassy lot into a space for growing food and community.