New Roots Charlottesville supports refugee food security and aids in their transition to the community through gardening, nutrition education, local food access initiatives and small business farming. IRC currently manages New Roots Farm and a few community gardens around town, in addition to providing training and support to numerous additional locations.
Location: Email in advance or follow New Roots Charlottesville on Facebook to confirm the location for each workday.
- New Roots Farm, 410 Old Lynchburg Road
- The Haven Community Garden, corner of Almere Ave. and Burnet St., next to Oakwood Cemetery
- 5th Street Community Garden, in front of the Greenstone on 5th Apartments on 5th Street SW, between Berring St. and Brookwood Drive
- 4th Street Community Garden, 221 4th St SW
- Michie Drive Community Garden, 2100 Michie Drive
Time Commitment: 9-11 am every other Saturday through November. There are also some workdays on Wednesday evenings from 5-7 pm. Continued commitment is not necessary; drop in whenever you can!
Responsibilities: Help staff and farmers out with ongoing projects (e.g. planting, cleaning, harvesting, organizing, etc). Please bring water, gardening gloves, sun-protection, and dress for the weather. Workdays will be cancelled for inclement weather.
Skills/Qualifications: Volunteers must be willing to work hard and get their hands dirty! Open to all community members (children must be supervised).
How to Apply: No application needed! Just email NewRoots.Cville [at] rescue.org to RSVP for a given week.
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Apartment Set-up Volunteer
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