One Jackson Ward resident has an idea for a community garden, and she’s turned to the community for help raising the funds to make it a reality. Jordan James, who has lived in the neighborhood for three years, sees it as a way of giving back. “I believe it is our responsibility to not only give back to the communities we live in, but also improve them,” she says in the project’s page on GoFundMe.
“In other places around Richmond you can find community gardens, many of which sit on city property that has been set aside specifically for gardening. Unfortunately, when you get to The Ward no such amenities can be found. This has led me to locate private property that is suitable for a garden, but of course at a cost.”
After researching suitable locations, she came across an 8,000-square-foot parcel of land at 620 Chamberlayne Parkway in the heart of Jackson Ward. The property sits at the gateway into the neighborhood and is adjacent to several historic sites.
James says the property can be leased for two years for a mere $2,200, and seeks to raise a total of $2,700 to cover the lease and costs associated with marketing and signage.
She says local nonprofit Urban Gardener has agreed to assist with the project should the funds be raised. At press time, the fundraiser had raised just under $500 towards the garden.
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