Homegrown: Scott County Community Garden Provides Space for Plants | Alive

GATE CITY — The Scott County Community Garden has emerged in Gate City as a budding perennial ready to invite residents to partake in the joys of gardening.

“We’re doing this to empower people to grow vegetables, learn and be healthier,” said project co-director Brent Virts.

Many varieties of fruits and vegetables are grown each year at the Scott County Community Garden in Gate City.

The project is supported by the nonprofit Southwest Virginia Community Foundation to promote the growth of local fresh vegetables.

The garden is located behind the Gate City Presbyterian Church on Jones Street, where raised beds are available for community members to adopt free for the season.

“We have public housing nearby, and some people who live there have adopted beds,” Virts said. “Primarily, there are a lot of people in the communities of Gate City and Weber City. We also have some from Kingsport.

The garden currently has eight beds available for anyone wishing to grow tomatoes, cucumbers, beans and squash.

Members have recently started planting cool weather plants such as lettuce, onions and snow peas. And on Saturday, May 14, the garden will host its spring planting day with free seeds and warm weather plants available. The event will also include the help of experienced gardeners ready to help and provide advice on plant choices, pest control, harvesting and soil health.

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Scott County Community Garden

The community garden operates in a 100ft by 75ft area surrounded by an 8ft fence to protect the plants from deer. The garden also includes a shed, compost heap, birdhouses, birdbath and flower bed.

“It’s a really neat little place,” Virts said. “There is a bench to sit and enjoy the birds. Even though it’s in the middle of Gate City, it feels like you’re in the countryside. You are near Moccasin Gap and the big Clinch mountain. It’s a beautiful place.

Besides the landscape, Virts and the other co-managers have continued the garden project for more than six years to provide the community with various benefits, all found in the garden space.

“They have the opportunity to grow fresh vegetables, have a healthier lifestyle and eat healthier,” Virts said. “And they can interact socially with other people they may not have met before or maybe they have something in common with. It’s good exercise and it’s a good opportunity for teach their children where food comes from and how to grow it.

For more information or to reserve one of the remaining spaces, call (276) 594-0223. You can also see updates at https://www.facebook.com/scottcountycomgar/.

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