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New Roots in Charlottesville

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Two women stand in front of corn stalks at a New Roots garden in Charlottesville
Gardeners harvesting corn at one of New Roots' six garden sites around Charlottesville Photo: IRC

New Roots Charlottesville works with refugees and New Americans in support of their health, community connections and household economics through agriculture and food initiatives.  Over the past 10 years, New Roots has become the largest non-profit-managed community gardening network in the Charlottesville area. Our programs include community gardens, urban agriculture and small-business development, nutrition education, and other wellness and educational activities.  

New Roots programs directly impact the food security of 150 newly arriving refugees and 85 gardeners each year. IRC is an active member of the Charlottesville Food Justice Network and collaborates with many local food access partners. 

Man stands surrounding by lush green plants.  He holds two large bunches of long green and purple beans.  There are harvest bins full of produce at his feet.
Gardeners grow a variety of culturally appropriate fresh produce including long beans (pictured above), bitter melon, and pumpkin shoots. Photo: IRC

What We Do

Community Gardens

New Roots currently supports 85 community gardeners cultivating a total of four acres on 6 properties throughout Charlottesville and Albemarle County.

Our largest community garden is located across Moore’s Creek from Azalea Park. This 8-acre property supports more than half of the IRC’s gardeners, who cultivate nearly 3 acres of land on this site alone.  

If you are interested in applying for a plot or have questions about our community gardening program, please reach out to newroots.cville [at] rescue.org! The annual plot application process begins in February.  

Micro-Producer Program

In 2014, the New Roots team in Charlottesville launched a dedicated Micro-Producer Academy to support refugee farmers in developing their own small-scale agricultural enterprises. To-date, the Academy has trained a total of 23 participants and hosts 8 active growers. Each Micro-Producer sells their produce into wholesale and/or direct-to-consumer markets, including restaurants, farmers’ markets, and non-profit fresh food distribution programs. 

Two men and a women stand behind a table under a tent at a farmers' market display. The table is stacked with produce for sale.
Micro-Producers sell produce and flowers at IX Farmers' Market Photo: Terry Allan/IRC

Support New Roots

Volunteer with IRC Charlottesville! 

The IRC offers volunteer positions throughout the year. You can see open volunteer positions here.  

Recurring volunteers must complete IRC’s formal orientation process, consisting of filling out the volunteer application and attending an orientation. Reach out to newroots.cville [at] rescue.org if you are interested in volunteering with us, and fill out the volunteer application

Attend Farm Workdays

New Roots hosts several volunteer days per month during the growing season (April through November). Workdays typically take place on weekends and weekday evenings. New Roots volunteers offer hands-on help with gardening and site maintenance, ranging from planting, painting, mulching, or fixing fences. 

Recurring volunteers must complete IRC’s formal volunteer onboarding process by submitting a volunteer application and attending an orientation. Please fill out the volunteer application below to get started.  

Current volunteers are notified of workdays via our biweekly newsletter. Subscribe to our newsletter

Donate

Your donation to the IRC in Charlottesville works to provide New Roots Farm with resources to better help its gardener! Donate here.

Men and women stand outside, holding garden tools, spaced out in front of three freshly dug garden beds
At a recent workday, volunteer garden stewards prepare several garden bed for planting. Photo: IRC

Contact Us

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International Rescue Committee in Charlottesville
609 East Market St, Suite 104
Charlottesville, VA 22902
(434) 979-7772
newroots.cville [at] rescue.org