Community and Learning Gardens

VCU is committed to enriching the Richmond community by supporting access to learning gardens, fresh produce and food education.  We strive to provide VCU faculty, staff and students with space to grow their own food and flowers through our MCV Community Garden.  At our new Monroe Park Campus Learning Garden, we are also actively engaged in working with the VCU and Richmond communities to increase access to healthy food as well as education around how healthy food can be grown and prepared.

 

 

For immediate updates and news from our gardens, visit the VCU Learning Gardens on Facebook.


If you'd like to get involved in our learning gardens, check out upcoming volunteer opportunities and workshops on our SignUp page.


 

Monroe Park Campus Learning Garden

Monroe Park Campus Learning Garden

The Monroe Park Learning Garden emphasizes experiential learning through volunteering and educational workshops.  The garden has been designed to utilize sustainable methods for high-output crop production and uses all available growing space for maximum yield.  The produce harvested from this garden is donated to VCU RamPantry and the Center for High Blood Pressure.

The garden currently consists of 9 beds, 4 vertical planters, a small greenhouse, potted fruit trees and bushes, and about 50 planted burplap coffee bags. In Spring of 2016, the Garden Coordinator planted the first season of produce in the new Monroe Park Campus Learning Garden and donations have already started!

Future plans for the garden include, an ADA-accessible boardwalk, wheelchair accessible beds, a gathering space with rain barrel catchment and an expansion of our bee habitat.

 

We rely heavily on the support of volunteers!

If you'd like to get involved in our learning gardens, check out upcoming volunteer opportunities and workshops on our SignUp page.

 

For immediate updates and news from our gardens, visit the VCU Learning Gardens on Facebook

MCV Community Garden

MCV Community Garden

A community garden is a single piece of land gardened collectively by a group of people utilizing either individual or shared plots. They are publicly functioning in terms of ownership, access, and organization. 

VCU's MCV Community Garden, initiated in 2012 by a VCU student group, is located on the east side of the Larrick Student Center. The MCV Community Garden supports 14 raised beds and 2 wheelchair accessible beds with over 1,300 square feet of combined growing space. These beds are further divided into smaller plots for the needs of the individual gardeners. 

If you are a VCU student, staff or faculty membter (VCU Health employees, too) plots can be rented by the semester or year with plot rental cost depending on size. Plots usually become available at the end of a semester, though if you are interested in renting a plot you can be added to the wait list by emailing learningarden@vcu.edu.

 

 

 

Other inquiries, including using the garden space for events or meetings, teaching a class in the MCV Learning Garden related to food access, healthy eating and/or urban gardening and farming, please email learningarden@vcu.edu

Partnerships

Partnerships

The RamPantry exists to address food insecurity by providing in-need VCU students, faculty and staff with healthy, culturally appropriate food.  The Office of Sustainability is excited about its growing relationship with the RamPantry and what our collaboration means for our shared missions as they relate to food.

Currently, half of the produce grown at the MPC Learning Garden is donated to the RamPantry, with the Center for High Blood Pressure receiving the other half.  We are working with both organizations to also provide nutrition and food preparation education.

 

Other partners include:

VCU Office of Service Learning

Middle of Broad

Community Food Collaborative

Green Unity

VCU Adult Day Care Center

VCU School of Pharmacotherapy

Shalom Farms

Sneed's Nursery