It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year…

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It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year…

by Richard Morris, Director of Farm & Food Roots

In the fields we’ll be tilling

Raised beds we’ll be building for seedlings with cheer

It’s the most wonderful time of the year.

Spring 2019 is here, and the Urban Agriculture Collective of Charlottesville is excited about the season ahead. For farmers, Spring really is a little like Christmas. It’s the time of year when the growing season ahead feels like a beautifully wrapped gift, waiting to be opened. In exchange for a little labor, we receive the gift of a bountiful season, provided the weather isn’t too naughty and the harvest is nice.

Market Days start up on May 10th, 2019 at Friendship Court and will rotate to a different location, every Friday, through November.  Volunteer Wednesdays, start on May 1st, at the Friendship Court garden, and will run through September 25th.

UACC will be on hand for Community Table events at Friendship Court, and you’ll see Farmer Rich in the garden, at Market Day, and in the community throughout the season. Some exciting plans we have for the gardens include the addition of some raised beds at our 6th Street garden, Social Fridays at some of the Market Days, new and creative signage at the Friendship Court and 6th Street gardens, food tastings, recipe demos, and more.

We’ll be growing many of your community favorites, including collards and cabbage, white and sweet potatoes, spinach, kale, carrots, tomatoes, turnips, onions and lots more. And if you like a little flavor and spice in your meals, look out for the herbs and Jalapeño peppers we’ll be growing this year.

But along with the harvest, there will also be challenges beyond the weather this year. UACC’s two largest gardens are slated for housing redevelopment and will cease production at the end of 2019. We’ll spend this year working with community stakeholders from residents, our organizational partners, and the City Council to ensure that our city continues to have green food-spaces into 2020.  For now, we’re looking forward to reconnecting with all of the wonderful residents and volunteers that have made UACC the thriving community space it has been for more than a decade.

There’ll be volunteers weeding

tomatoes for eating a fun atmosphere

It’s the most wonderful time of the year.